Confucius Institute at Prince of Songkla University holds the “Celebrating Dragon Boat Festival” gathering for Chinese and Thai students and teachers

[Source]    Confucius Institute at Prince of Songkla University [Time]    2014-07-01 13:19:57 
 

SONGKLA, June 2 -- the Confucius Institute at Prince of Songkla University held a gathering for Chinese and Thai students and teachers to celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival. A total of around 180 guests attended this event, including student representatives from 12 middle schools in southern Thailand, local Chinese teacher representatives, and representatives of the volunteer Chinese teachers from China.

The celebration started with the speech by the Chinese Director of the Institute. In his speech, he said that the Confucius Institute at Prince of Songkla University is not only the window through which people in local communities get to know China, but also an important platform from which they can learn Chinese. Moreover, it serves as a bridge of friendship connecting China and Thailand. He also expressed his wishes that all teachers at the Institute would continue their efforts to promote the educational and cultural exchanges between the two countries, so that people in both countries could better understand each other.

Next, teachers from the Confucius Institute presented a talk on the topic of ‘the history and customs of the Dragon Boat Festival’, in which they employed multimedia materials to introduce the origin, customs and various colorful celebrations of the Dragon Boat Festival in both Chinese and Thai languages. After the talk, teachers and students from the Institute and some student representatives staged some wonderful artistic performances together, such as ancient poetry recitation, Chinese folk dances, Thai traditional dances and Chinese song singing. What’s more, the Institute had prepared zongzi (traditional Chinese rice-dumpling), snacks and fruits for the guests, so that they could enjoy the performances while tasting the zongzi.


A teacher from the Confucius Institute introducing the culture of the Dragon Boat Festival


All the guests tasting zongzi


Students performing Chinese traditional dances

Through organizing this event, the Confucius Institute at Prince of Songkla University provided local Chinese teachers and student representatives with an opportunity to experience the Chinese culture of Dragon Boat Festival by themselves. Also, this event offered a chance for the overseas Chinese living in Thailand all year round and the Chinese students studying in Thailand to feel the dense festive atmosphere and the warmth of home.


All the guests taking a group photo