Lanterns hung up on the Danube; the Lantern Festival celebrated in Bulgaria

[Source]    the Confucius Institute at St. Cyril and St. Methodius" University [Time]    2015-04-17 18:27:55 

On the night of March 5, the central auditorium of the University of Rousse “Angel Kantchev” was decorated with festoons and illuminated by lanterns. The Confucius Classroom of Vasil Levski Secondary School that was affiliated to the Confucius Institute at St. Cyril and St. Methodius" University of Veliko Turnovo (UVT in short) held a party called “Lantern Festival on the Danube” there to celebrate Chinese Lantern Festival. More than 500 people gathered together to celebrate this traditional Chinese festival, including Plamen Anatoliev Legkostup, President of UVT; Long Tao, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute at UVT; Iskra Mandova, Bulgarian Director of the Institute; all the volunteer Chinese teachers of the Institute, the principal, teachers and students of Vasil Levski Secondary School and local residents interested in Chinese culture.

Before the party, many primary and secondary school students as well as local residents had come to the auditorium and actively participated in the “Experiencing Chinese Culture” activities carefully prepared by the Confucius Institute, including playing Chinese chess, trying calligraphy, making Chinese knots and paper cutting.

As the music The Whisper of Pipa began, twelve middle school students wearing Chinese qipao walked out in gentle steps. Some were resting hands on their waists, some gently opening the bamboo fans and some others hand in hand, which well demonstrated the grace of women and the perfect combination of traditional Chinese costumes with the temperament of Bulgarian women. In addition, students also performed fan dance and peacock dance directed by themselves. The costumes for the dances, unanimously appreciated by the audience, were made by local tailors according to online pictures, which was very meaningful for this event.

The gorgeous qipao show

Over 20 people from local Chinese Kung Fu School offered the performance named “Kung Fu”, among whom the youngest player was merely five years old and the oldest one over 40. In addition to various kinds of boxing, they also performed with Chinese saber, swords and sticks, winning warm applause from the audience.

The kids performed a medley of children rhymes Clap Your Hands When You Feel Happy. While singing, they wiggled their body and clapped their hands. These adorable postures made everybody laugh. Through vivid performance, the drama Twelve Chinese Zodiac Animals told people the origin of the Chinese Zodiac. The party ended with the traditional Bulgarian dance Horo. The performances were so excellent that the audience were deeply enchanted and gave waves of applause.

The fan dance

Children performing a medley of children rhymes

Vasil Levski Secondary School is a renowned secondary school in Bulgaria that enjoys a long history. As the second largest secondary school in Bulgaria, it has carried out Chinese teaching for ten years, and Chinese has become a compulsory subject for some grades. It has been successfully upgraded as Confucius Classroom with the support of the Confucius Institute at St. Cyril and St. Methodius University of Veliko Turnovo.

Story by Yi Dongdong

Photographed by Hou Yiguang


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