Chinese Style in Polish Renaissance Castle
Upon the arrival of the Chinese Lunar Year of the Rooster, the Polish-Chinese Culture and Art Association, Confucius Institute at the University of Wroclaw, Collegium Civitas and the Chinese Students and Scholars Association in Poland held a series of activities to celebrate the New Year and make the local people enjoy the extensive and profound Chinese culture.
On Jan. 28th, volunteers and business class students from the Confucius Institute at the University of Wroclaw performing Tai Chi.
“Celebrating the New Year with the Polish” is one of the Lunar New Year festivities held by the Confucius Institute at the University of Wroclaw. On the first day of Lunar New Year, the hall on the first floor of the National Museum of Wroclaw was decorated with festive red lanterns and Chinese knots. Chinese New Year customs seminar, demonstration of Tai Chi and martial arts, and Chinese songs like Happy New Year, Two Tigers and Ode to Joy learned and sung by present children and their parents added a strong Chinese flavor to the ancient building of the Renaissance.
The most eye-catching Chinese style series dances—umbrella dance, silk fan dance and Jinghong dance, were lively and vivid, aesthetic and elegant. They were appealing from garment to props and from actions to the background music. Students from the local No. 42 Primary School performed the traditional Chinese dance Umbrella Dance and Fan Dance. The little girls with blond hair and blue eyes，dressed in classic Chinese garment and wearing a Chinese style chignon, held the oiled paper umbrellas and gently waved the folding fans, as if they were traversing to the small towns in the south of the Yangtze River in China, winning thunderous applause from the audience.
On Jan. 28th, ,students from the No. 42 Primary School performing the traditional Fan Dance.
The last was the tea art performance. The host introduced the features of tea sets and tea leaves, and the performers deftly showed the audience how ordinary tea leaves are turned into fascinating drink with dance-like finger movements. After the performance, the audience approached the stage to better appreciate the tea sets, taste the tea and take photos.
According to Hu Yonghong, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute, the Chinese New Year festivities have been held three times. In the next stage, Chinese handcraft workshops, tea art and other cultural exchange activities will be held in Brzeg Museum of Opolskie province and a relatively remote middle school of the province in early February. Hu said that the series of activities for the Spring Festival have provided the local people more opportunities to gain a deeper understanding of the Chinese language and culture and can further stimulate the Polish people’s enthusiasm in understanding and learning the Chinese culture and Chinese language.
On Jan. 28th, volunteers and students of the advanced Chinese class form the Confucius Institute at the University of Wroclaw singing Chinese songs.
Morrica, a sophomore student majoring in Chinese at the University of Wroclaw, said that she has a keen interest in the Chinese culture and hopes to study in China in the future, so as to experience the rich and colorful Chinese culture closely.
On Jan. 27th and 28th, Collegium Civitas also held activities to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Chinese and Polish college students gave wonderful performances and delivered New Year blessings to the audience.
Xinhua News Agency; Wroclaw, Poland; Jan. 31st.
Story by Han Mei, Chen Xu, and Shi Zhongyu
Photos by Confucius Institute at the University of Wroclaw