Confucius Institute visits Blanchard Public Library

[Source]    chickashanews [Time]    2018-02-05 09:30:22 

Blanchard could be getting some rain, thanks to a special presentation from the University of Oklahoma Confucius Institute.

Members of the Confucius Institute performed a dragon dance for patrons at the Blanchard Public Library on Friday morning. They then turned the dragon over to children in the audience so they could have first hand experience carrying the brightly colored dragon in circles around the room.

According to Paul Bell, Executive Chairman, the dragon is associated with rain in Chinese culture. 

The OU Confucius Institute has an after school program in Norman which gives children in kindergarten through 6th grade an opportunity to learn more about Chinese culture. The Confucius Institute is in the process of considering a satellite program at the Blanchard Public Library. If there is enough public interest, the program is projected to begin in the Fall of 2018, Sharon Gou, Confucius Institute Director, said.

In addition to the dragon dance, the Confucius Institute performances included a Mongolian chopstick dance, a tea ceremony accompanied by a guzheng (a traditional stringed instrument), a fan dance and even a kung fu panda.

Bell talked about the upcoming Chinese New Year, which begins Feb. 16. Bell said the Chinese New Year—the Year of the Dog in 2018—is determined by the lunar calendar. Chinese New Year coincides with the first new moon of the year.

The OU Confucius Institute plans to return to the Blanchard Public Library on April 29 to present a program about Chinese tea ceremony.


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