Chinese Language Teachers in Thailand Perform “Rooster Dance” to Celebrate New Year
On Jan. 22nd, Thanita Praewanich (left four), Deputy Director of the Education Bureau of Bangkok and her delegation attending the New Year celebration under the theme of “Wen Ji Qi Wu” at the Confucius Institute at Bansomdejchaopraya Rajabhat University.
On Jan. 22rd, more than one hundred local Chinese language teachers in Thailand attended the New Year celebration at the Confucius Institute at Bansomdejchaopraya Rajabhat University in Bangkok to learn more about the Chinese folk culture of rooster. The celebration was themed after the Chinese idiom “Wen Ji Qi Wu”, literally known as “to rise up upon hearing the crow of a rooster and practice with the sword”, which is used to signify the diligence and perseverance of a person of noble aspirations. Some local teachers even dressed up as roosters to display the appeal of rooster-fighting in Thailand.
Warm and sweet atmosphere permeated the event. Red lanterns, Chinese knots, oil-paper umbrellas with a strong classical touch and the auspicious rooster mascot at the center of the stage all contributed to the strong atmosphere of the Chinese New Year. Wang Wei, a teacher at the Confucius Institute explained folklore of the Year of Rooster with vivid slide shows.
Local teachers tried out paper-cutting along with teachers of the Confucius Institute. Hundreds of lifelike rooster paper-cuts were made to compose two “Hundred Roosters” scrolls, to bring good luck to the Year of Rooster. With rooster mascots in their hands, Chinese language teachers from both countries danced with passion and extended each other blessings of the New Year.
During the celebration, local teachers dressed up as fighting roosters to perform the Rooster Dance, which vividly demonstrated the charm of rooster-fighting in Thailand.
Thanita Praewanich, Deputy Director of the Education Bureau of Bangkok said that “we appreciate the Confucius Institute at Bansomdejchaopraya Rajabhat University for providing this opportunity to let our local teachers learn more about the Chinese Spring Festival and the Year of Rooster. I hope local teachers can teach what they have learned at the Confucius Institute to their students so that more Thai people will like the Chinese language and fall in love with China.”
Local teachers performing the Rooster Dance on Jan. 22nd
Associate Professor Wang Wei giving a lecture on folklore of the Year of Rooster on Jan.22nd
Thanita Praewanich, Deputy Director of the Education Bureau of Bangkok displaying her rooster paper-cut on Jan. 22nd
Thai teachers working on their rooster paper-cuts on Jan. 22nd
Thai teachers pasting rooster paper-cuts on display boards for good luck in the New Year on Jan. 22nd
Thai teachers performing the dance Golden Roosters send Good Luck on Jan.22nd
Thai teachers and teachers of the Confucius Institute wising for an auspicious New Year on Jan.22nd