Confucius Institute of Réunion Island joins the celebration of 7th La Réunion Dragon Boat Festival

[Source]    The Confucius Institute of Réunion Island [Time]    2015-07-01 15:50:52 
 

On June 20 and 21 on the occasion of the Chinese Duanwu Festival, or known as the Dragon Boat Festival, the 7th La Réunion Dragon Boat Festival was celebrated in city of Le Port, Réunion Island, France. The event was sponsored and hosted by the ARDB (L’Association Réunionnaise de Dragon Boat) and the authority of Le Port. A total of 50 ARDB members and islanders formed five teams for a dragon boat race, attracting over a thousand spectators. The Confucius Institute of Réunion Island (L’Institut Confucius de La Réunion) was invited to the game for the first time and came out top.             

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Students and faculty members from the Confucius Institute of Réunion Island in the dragon boat race

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The Confucius Institute of Réunion Island laden with prizes

The team of Aline Kwan, the Confucius Institute’s French Director, won second place in the 200-meter race, and the team of Ibrahim Akoone, a student from the Confucius Institute, came out first in the 1000-meter and 200-meter races. Meanwhile, teachers from the Confucius Institute prepared zongzi, pyramid-shaped glutinous rice that is wrapped in reed/bamboo leaves and customarily consumed during the Duanwu Festival. A large crowd of spectators were attracted to various activities involving practicing Taijiquan (a Chinese internal martial art), kicking shuttlecocks, writing calligraphy, picking up pine nuts with chopsticks and balancing eggs on their ends.    

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A poster to cheer on the Confucius Institute for the dragon boat race

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Mr. Liang Jihu teaching the spectators some basic movements of Taijiquan

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The game of picking up pine nuts with chopsticks

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Writing calligraphy

Liang Jihu, a teacher from the Confucius Institute, performed Chen-style Taijiquan and taught over 50 spectators some basic Taijiquan movements. Some of them even inquired about the courses on Taijiquan, hoping to learn more at the Confucius Institute. With a combination of tension and joy in the air, the game of picking up pine nuts with chopsticks enabled the participants to learn how to properly use chopsticks. They were happy that they could enjoy Chinese food with chopsticks.    

Story/photos by Chen Zehan, Liang Jihu

 
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