Confucius Institute at the Sapienza University in Rome celebrates the 2015 Confucius Institute Day

[Source]    the Confucius Institute at the Sapienza University of Rome in Italy [Time]    2015-10-26 14:23:07 

On October 9th local time, the Confucius Institute at the Sapienza University of Rome in Italy held an event entitled “Retracing the Silk RoadConfucius Institute Day of 2015” at the Faculty of Oriental Studies of the Sapienza University of Rome, which attracted several hundred local residents.

This event was composed of two sections, namely culture experiencing and game playing. The former included the stands on the themes of the Confucius Institute, Chinese Kung Fu, calligraphy, tea ceremony and classical music; and for the latter, there were different stands named after cities in China, namely, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Nanjing, Beijing and Xi’an.

The stand for the Confucius Institute provided information about the Confucius Institute and its courses, and answered questions from Chinese language enthusiasts.

At the stand for Chinese Kung Fu, local residents gave a Taijiquan performance. To the accompaniment of melodious classical Chinese music, a group of fair-skinned Italians with blue eyes demonstrated the beauty of Chinese culture through their graceful postures and elegant hand movements, winning rounds of cheer and applause from the spectators.

Many people also gathered at the stand for tea ceremony, where they had the opportunity to try each step in making tea, like water boiling, tea leaf selecting and washing, brewing, and tasting. The impressive Kung Fu Tea gave them a taste of the charming oriental world.

Tea ceremony demonstration

Taijiquan performance

The stand for calligraphy was the most popular one, where the participants not only could appreciate different styles of Chinese calligraphy like the seal script (zhuan shu), official script (li shu), cursive script (cao shu), running script (xing shu) and regular script (kai shu), but also had an first-hand experience of the “Four Treasures of the Study”, namely, writing brush, ink stick, paper and ink stone.

At the stand for classical Chinese music, two teachers of the Confucius Institute wearing cheongsam and Yunnan ethnic costume performed on the guzheng (Chinese plucked zither) and hulusi (cucurbit flute). Fascinated by this, the listeners gradually lost their inhabitation and show great eagerness to try the instruments.

Participants experiencing Chinese calligraphy

A participant experiencing guzheng

In the game section, the five stands named after China’s cities offered various interesting activities. Each participant who completed a mission would be awarded a medal. Those who gathered four medals would receive a small gift and those with five medals would even get a big prize and a “Star of the Confucius Institute Day” certificate.

The sports-themed “Guangzhou” stand invited Italian participants to try various Chinese sports like shuttlecock kicking and rope skipping, which were by no mean easy for them. Such difficulties, however, didn’t affect their enthusiasm and they still won the medals after managing to complete the individual or group tasks with persistent efforts.

At the “Shanghai” stand with language as its theme, participants challenged themselves by saying well-known Chinese tongue twisters. Although they made some hilarious mistakes, they enjoyed themselves a lot.

At the music-themed “Nanjing” stand, the participants were invited to learn Chinese songs. Some popular tunes like Two Tigers also caught the fancy of the Italians. In a heart-warming scene, a little boy taught her mother to sing the theme song of the cartoon Big Head Son and Small Head Father after he himself learnt it on the spot.

At the “Beijing” stand, many participants of different ages played the game called “looking for friends”, which was about matching pictures of Chinese characters with the corresponding oracle bone characters. In addition, after having collected five medals, the participants could come to this stand, where the Chinese language teachers of the Confucius Institute would find each of them an authentic Chinese name that sounded like their Italian name and had an auspicious meaning.

The “Xi’an” stand was themed on culture and China’s long history. Participants were tested on the general knowledge about China and Chinese language: “Which city is China’s capital?”, “How many ethnic groups are there in China?” and “What is the Chinese word for Roma?”… Those who knew much about China could answer many questions correctly; those who didn’t were also excited after they were told the correct answers, saying that they benefited a lot from the quiz.

Lasting until 7:30 pm on the day, the event offered the participants an opportunity to relax and have fun while experiencing Chinese culture.

Story by Jiang Ting & Yue Yuan

Photos by Liu Qinghui


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