Comprehensive News: Overseas Confucius Institutes Hold Celebrations of Chinese Lunar New Year

[Source] [Time]    2018-02-24 21:18:00 

All Confucius Institutes around the world held celebrations in different forms on the days of the Chinese Lunar New Year. Dragon and lion dances, traditional Chinese instrument performances, tea-tasting and food festivals were the highlights and brought joy to all participants and attracted large crowds.

In Eastern Europe, annual activities organized by the Confucius Institute at the University of Wroclaw began on February 16th in Wroclaw, the theme of which was “Spring Festival with the Polish People”. A green lion, accompanied by the cheerful gongs and drums, emerged from within the audience and from time to time showcased tricks such as lying-down position, falling asleep, barge to prey, all performed so flawlessly that the audience was in awe.

Tea art and guzheng performances were showed by teachers of the Confucius Institute. The fragrance of the scented tea assailed the nostrils in the beautiful melody of guzheng. After that, there came martial arts performed by Polish Tai Chi amateurs and Chinese dance by Polish pupils.

The Polish director of the Confucius Institute personally took the stage to explain the Chinese traditional zodiac culture, and the zodiac animation played by him on the scene attracted people’s attention. Polish teachers also narrated the origin and development of Chinese characters and displayed the Chinese calligraphy art.

In Southern Europe, Chinese New Year celebrations jointly organized by the Confucius Institute at the University of Aveiro and the City Hall of Aveiro in Portugal attracted more than a thousand locals.

The dragon dance, martial arts and Tai Chi performed by Portuguese students, and erhu solo “Overture of Chinese New Year” and “Horse Racing”, as well as the solo song “Fishing Boat in the Sunset” performed by Chinese students also won applause from the audience. In addition, prize-winning activities such as rope skipping, Chinese chess and calligraphy also attracted citizens to participate actively. Many citizens eventually won prizes full of Chinese cultural characteristics. Rita, who is now studying biochemistry at the University of Aveiro, said that such activities could help the Portuguese understand Chinese culture. She also excitedly showed journalists the character “福”(meaning “fortune”) written in brush writing by herself.

In Australia, the Spring Festival Garden activity themed “Celebrating the Year of the Dog” was jointly organized by the Confucius Institute at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and the Bayside Council on the February 17th, attracting about 2,000 local residents.

Having been organized for four consecutive years, and thus becoming a brand project of the Confucius Institute at UNSW, the celebration in the garden has enabled local citizens to enjoy a variety of Chinese art performances every year, such as folk music, songs, martial arts, lion dance, etc. The “God of Wealth” also handed out red envelopes with golden chocolate to the children at the scene.

There were also many traditional Asian food stalls and handicraft workshops. Teachers of the Confucius Institute carefully prepared experiential activities such as paper-cut, lantern production, Han Chinese clothing try-on, brush writing, etc.

(Story by Han Mei, Zhang Yadong and Guo Yang, Xinhua News Agency, Beijing, February 18th)


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