Dragon Boat Festival Themed Activities of 18th “Chinese Program for Foreign Diplomats” Successfully Held

[Source]    Confucius Institute Headquarters [Time]    2019-06-10 17:18:44 

On the morning of June 1st, the Dragon Boat Festival Themed Activities of the 18th “Chinese Program for Foreign Diplomats” were held at the Confucius Institute Headquarters. The students gathered to learn about the origins of the Dragon Boat Festival and experience the custom of the Dragon Boat Festival.

At the beginning of the event, Professor Yuan Shaofeng of the Central University of Finance and Economics gave a lecture on the folk culture of the Dragon Boat Festival in English, introduced the origins and customs of the Dragon Boat Festival, and led the students to recognize and read some key Chinese characters related to the festival, such as “Dragon Boat Festival”, “the fifth day of the fifth month on the lunar calender”, “making Zongzi” and “dragon boat race”.

In the Q&A session, the students actively participated and answered enthusiastically. The students who answered correctly received exquisite gifts. Wearing a five-color rope bracelet is also one of the Dragon Boat Festival customs. The students showed an unprecedented interest in making it. After mastering the basic methods in making the knot of the bracelet, some students creatively added the cultural elements of their own countries to it.

The climax of the event was making Zongzi. The pastry chef of the Headquarters’ restaurant and Sun Lin, the lecturer of the “Chinese Program for Foreign Diplomats”, showed the process of making a Zongzi. With the help of the lecturers, teaching assistants and volunteers of the “Chinese Program for Foreign Diplomats”, the students wrapped, stuffed, and sealed the leaves and were pleased with their own works.

At the same time, the “painting and calligraphy exhibition of foreign diplomats” was also on display. Among the works created during the Chinese Cultural Learning Month, the Confucius Institute Headquarters selected 12 calligraphy works and 11 Chinese paintings to be exhibited, and launched a vote in this cultural experience activity to let everyone choose their favorite works. The event ended in a happy atmosphere.

This event concluded the Chinese Cultural Learning Month of the 18th “Foreign diplomats Chinese Programs”. The Chinese Cultural Learning Month is part of the “Foreign diplomats Chinese Programs”, a branded project of Confucius Institute Headquarters, which aims to enable foreign diplomats to better understand China while learning Chinese language. The Chinese Cultural Learning Month lasts for four weeks, including three training courses and a cultural experience activity.


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