Dragon Boat Festival celebrated in Ecuador

[Source]    Confucius Institute at San Francisco University of Quito [Time]    2014-06-12 15:47:59 

The Confucius Institute at San Francisco University of Quito, in order to let local fans of Chinese language experience traditional Chinese festivals and expand the influence of the Institute, held the 2014 Dragon Boat Festival Celebration in the Guayaquil teaching site on May 31, 2014.

The celebration mainly included the following activities: making Zongzi (sticky rice dumplings), smashing eggs, tying five-colored threads, knitting five-colored egg bags, etc. First, Chinese teacher Zhang Hao and a local Chinese hired by the Confucius Institute explained and demonstrated the method of making Zongzi. Then Wang Jingpeng instructed students to make Zongzi, and meanwhile, Ms. Zhang Jianping showed some students how to tie five-colored threads and knit five-colored egg bags. These students watched attentively every movement of Ms. Zhang and imitated her carefully.

Teachers demonstrating the method of making Zongzi

Zongzi ready to be cooked

Knitting five-colored egg bags

Showing egg bags

While Zongzi were cooked in the pot, Ms. Zhang Jianping and Mr. Zhan Zhiqun used PPT presentation to introduce to students the origin of China’s Dragon Boat Festival, different ways of celebrating the festival in the North and South, etc. In the course of their introduction, the game of smashing eggs pushed the event to another climax. When Zongzi were ready, everyone took one, carefully peeled reed leaves off and tasted with great joy.

The game of smashing eggs

Students tasting Zongzi

The Dragon Boat Festival held by the Confucius Institute lasted for nearly four hours. Students not only had an actual experience of the festival in a happy atmosphere, but also learned much about the connotation of this traditional Chinese festival.

By Dong Jingping