Confucius Institute at the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, holds “Spring Festival Gala”

[Source]    the Confucius Institute at the University of Kelaniya [Time]    2015-03-11 16:59:07 

On February 14, 2015, the “Celebrating the New Year of the Goat—Spring Festival Gala for People of China and Sri Lanka”, which was jointly organized by the Confucius Institute at the University of Kelaniya (CIUOK), the Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka and the CRI Confucius Classroom at Lumbini College, was held at the Fortune Boat Chinese Restaurant in Colombo, capital of Sri Lanka. A total of around 300 people attended this gathering, including officials from the Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka, the University of Kelaniya and CIUOK; representatives from Chinese enterprises and institutions in Sri Lanka; teaching faculty of CIUOK; student representatives from the University of Kelaniya; and personnel of China-Sri Lanka friendship from various walks of life. This event received wide media coverage by some major mainstream press in Sri Lanka, including Hiru、Derana and INT.

The gala began with lighting traditional rooster lamps, a symbol of good luck and best wishes. Ms. Huang Jie, Chinese Director of CIUOK, delivered a welcome speech on behalf of the organizers. In her speech, she expressed her gratitude to all parties who had always supported and made contribution to the development of the Confucius Institute and sent her sincere New Year wishes to all the audience.

This gathering featured various splendid performances, among which the exciting Chinese dances and martial arts show by the teachers and students of the Confucius Institute won many rounds of cheers and applauses from the audience.

Organizers of this event also prepared a lucky draw and a variety of games, in which the guests and audience interacted enthusiastically with each other. Amid the laughter and happiness, this gathering was both “xi yang yang” (full of joy) and “nuan yang yang” (full of warmth).

Towards the end of the event, Mr. Wu Jianghao, Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka, delivered his New Year speech. He expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the CIUOK for its effort and achievement in promoting China-Sri Lanka cultural exchange and popularizing Chinese language teaching.

After the performances, teachers and students of the Confucius Institute and the guests spent a wonderful time together enjoying delicious Chinese traditional food to celebrate the upcoming Chinese New Year.

By Wang Yiling


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