Confucius Institute at La Trobe University Celebrates Chinese Spring Festival with the Public in Darebin

[Source]    Confucius Institute at La Trobe University [Time]    2014-03-25 13:15:27 

On January 31, 2014, Confucius Institute at La Trobe University celebrated Chinese Spring Festival, the traditional festival for every Chinese all over the world, with around 10,000 people in downtown Darebin, and welcomed the coming of the Year of the Horse in happy dancing and singing. This was the first time for the Confucius Institute to hold such a grand festival ceremony with the Darebin municipal government and Preston Business Advisory Committee. This event also served as the start for a series of activities of the “Into the Communities” program in 2014 by the Confucius Institute.

The celebration was held at the Business Center of Darebin and consisted of three sections. In the area for art performances, the lions in colorful costumes were jumping up and down to the powerful sounds of gongs and drums, which won many rounds of praises and cheers by the audience. These wonderful performances of various types led the event to one climax after another. During the Taiji (Chinese shadow boxing) show, it was sometimes slow and soothing, but at other times acute and intense, and the performers’ excellent mastery of Taiji was fully demonstrated in every movement. Peking Opera on stilts, performed by Australian students from La Trobe University, integrated the quintessence of Chinese traditional culture, Peking Opera, with acrobatic skills and led the whole place to thunderous applause and ovation. In addition, Chinese folk dances performed by both Chinese and Australian dancers were highly appreciated by audience from the two countries, which reflected Australian people’s love for Chinese culture and inspired local people’s confidence in participating in Chinese culture events.

People also gathered in the children’s amusement area, which was full of excitement and joy. Many children and their parents were attracted by the Chinese traditional children’s games which were specially set up for young participants. All the children were busy and enjoyed playing different games there, like cutting papers, making lanterns, practicing Chinese calligraphy and playing Chinese chess.

The organizers also arranged a lecture area where people could learn more about Chinese culture. In addition to the lectures on Chinese culture, a film clip on Chinese Spring Festival was played which attracted a large crowd. A professional tea art performance not only helped the audience know more about the long-standing Chinese tea culture, but also gave them a good glimpse of different types of tea art. The audience all agreed that cultural activities of this type with both knowledge and entertainment were very significant and deepened their understanding of Chinese traditional festivals.

When the celebration came to the end, people were still reluctant to leave and hoped that these activities could be held every year. This event was the first time to showcase Chinese culture to the mainstream society in the northern part of Melbourne through large activities in which general public could participate. All three organizing parties showed their willingness in continuing their efforts to expand the scale of this event year after year and turning it into the largest activity on Chinese culture in the northern part of Melbourne. In addition, this event was covered by several local major media.