Confucius Institute at Tel Aviv University Holds 2018 Spring Festival Gala

[Source]    CRI Online [Time]    2018-01-24 09:19:35 

The Confucius Institute at Tel Aviv University holding 2018 Spring Festival Gala

On January 18th, the Confucius Institute at Tel Aviv University (CITAU) in Israel held a boisterous and cheerful 2018 Spring Festival Gala. About 100 Chinese overseas students and Israeli students gathered together to learn about the customs of Chinese New Year, enjoy performances such as songs and crosstalks, solve riddles and eat dumplings in a lovely and relaxed atmosphere.

On the evening of January 18th, the CITAU held the 2018 Spring Festival Gala. The host introduced the customs of Chinese New Year such as pasting spring couplets, making Chinese character Fu upside down (which means happiness is coming), paying new year visits and eating dumplings to attendees, and taught them to make paper-cuts for window decoration. Chinese and Israeli students gave wonderful performances.

Sun Pengcheng, Head of the Education Section of the Chinese Embassy in Israel giving a speech

Wu Yang, Chinese Director of the CITAU, said that celebrating Chinese New Year is an important activity of the Confucius Institute. As the winter vacation is coming, the Spring Festival Gala is held in advance in the hope of making Chinese overseas students feel at home and providing an opportunity for Israeli students who are interested in Chinese and Chinese culture to learn about Chinese culture. He said: “We should also provide Chinese students with such opportunities so that they can feel the New Year atmosphere in Israel. Moreover, there are many students of the Department of East Asian Studies learning Chinese, and they are also eager to learn about Chinese traditional festivals and communicate with Chinese students face to face. Some students come with their children just to see how Chinese celebrate the New Year, how they decorate their houses and what are couplets and Chinese character Fu. There are always more students who want know about Chinese culture. We want to take advantage of this opportunity that students are still here to make them gather together and provide such opportunity for them. Every year, holding this event is of great importance for the CITAU.”

Israeli students making paper-cuts for window decoration

Israeli students performing cross talk

Wu Yang said that the Department of East Asia Studies of Tel Aviv University (TAU) is the largest of its kind in Israel, with about 600 undergraduate and postgraduate students learning Chinese each year. “There are three majors in the Department, including Chinese Studies, Japanese Studies and Hindi Studies. Among all the students of the Department, two thirds, about 400 students, major in Chinese while the other one third in Japanese and Hindi. That is to say, most students, including postgraduates and doctors, are Chinese learners. So the Department of East Asia Studies of TAU is the largest one in the area. The Confucius Institute always seeks for opportunities for students to study, and makes commercial and academic exchanges in China. We do our best to offer more opportunities for students in Israel to get in touch with China.”

Aydana, Manager of the Asian Sector of the International Department at TAU, said that there are 2,000 students from over 100 countries in the International Department every year, among which about 150 are Chinese overseas students. In recent years, it has witnessed an increase in the number of Chinese overseas students studying in Israel and Israeli people loving Chinese culture. The Spring Festival Gala hosted by the Confucius Institute offers an opportunity for the cultural exchanges between China and Israel. “I think the Gala, jointly hosted by the Confucius Institute and the Department of East Asia Studies of TAU brings a wonderful night to us and an opportunity for both Chinese students and Israeli students who are interested in Chinese culture and Chinese language to speak Chinese. And Israeli students are able to know more about Chinese language and Chinese culture. Besides, it is a really good chance for us to have dumplings today. I know there will be an increasing number of both Chinese and Israeli students to participate in this event every year. It’s really great for us to get together.”

(Story and photos by Sun Lingli, Yan Xu, journalists of China Radio International, CRI Online)