Confucius Institute at the University of Basel in Switzerland holds “Experience Chinese folk customs and celebrate Chinese Lantern Festival” activity

[Source]    the Confucius Institute at the University of Basel [Time]    2015-04-17 17:05:33 
 

On March 5, the Confucius Institute at the University of Basel in Switzerland held an activity on the theme of “Experience Chinese Folk Custom and Celebrate Chinese Lantern Festival”, which attracted more than 60 local participants.

This activity consisted of three rounds including a lecture on Chinese New Year customs, Chinese word-guessing games and traditional handicraft experiencing activities. The celebration was unveiled by the Erhu solo performance presented by Xiang Jianmei, a volunteer at the Confucius Institute. Later on, Foreign Director Zhu Qi gave a lecture on Chinese New Year customs, introducing the traditional customs and historical stories related to the period from Chinese New Year’s Eve to the Lantern Festival with vivid pictures and texts.

A lecture on Chinese New Year customs

During the Chinese word-guessing game session, the lantern riddles, tongue twisters and idiom games designed by the Confucius Institute attracted many participants. In the handicraft experiencing activities, the guests were keen to learn making paper lanterns. Some were very interested in Chinese folk musical instruments and actively asked the teachers to show them the basic skills of playing Erhu.

Guessing the riddles on the lanterns

Trying tongue twisters


Experiencing Chinese musical instrument

The activity lasted for three hours. It helped to broadcast Chinese culture and better engaged the Confucius Institute with local communities. Meanwhile, it also played an active role in motivating local Chinese learners to further their study. The guests all expressed their wishes for the Confucius Institute at the University of Basel to hold this kind of activity more regularly.

 
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