Confucius Institute at University Catholic of Santa Maria Holds Series of Celebrations

[Source]    Confucius Institute at the Catholic University of Santa María (UCSM), Peru [Time]    2019-10-31 17:05:17 

On October 17th, local time, the Confucius Institute at the Catholic University of Santa María (Peru) held series of activities to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Confucius Institute and the sixth Confucius Institute Day. Briceño, President of the UCSM, Caesar, Vice President for Academic Affairs of the UCSM, Jorge, Executive Vice President of the UCSM, and more than 1,000 university teachers and students attended the event.

The celebrations were in diverse forms, including the "Beautiful China" photo exhibition, a flag-raising ceremony, the Confucius Institute 10th anniversary celebration, performances and Chinese cultural experience activities.

Singing “Happy Birthday” together

The photo exhibition “Beautiful China: Man, Nature and Harmony” was on display in the University Culture Square. The 50 exquisite pictures on show demonstrated the natural and cultural landscapes in different regions of China. By showing both the ancient and modern beauties of China, the photos embodied the Chinese people's pursuit of unity and harmony between man and Nature. This exhibition, sponsored by the Chinese Embassy in Peru, aimed to offer more Peruvian teachers and students the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful Chinese sceneries and deepen their understanding of modern China.

At the flag-raising ceremony, Angelica, Peruvian Director of the Confucius Institute, and Peng Qigui, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute, jointly raised the Chinese national flag at the memorial square of the university.

In her speech, Anhrica summarized the development of Confucius Institute at the UCSM over the past decade. She said that the establishment of the Confucius Institute made cultural and educational exchanges and integration between Peru and China possible. The Confucius Institute had achieved outstanding results over the past ten years, benefiting more and more Peruvians.

Briceño extended festive greetings to the Confucius Institute and all Chinese teachers, congratulating the Institute on its gratifying achievements over the past decade. He said that "The great development and changes in the 70 years since the founding of the PRC have attracted the attention of the world and are worth learning from Peru and other countries in the world. It is hoped that more people would go to the Confucius Institute to receive training and strive for opportunities to go to China for further study on different cultures and advanced science and technology. "

After the ceremony, the guests moved to the Culture Square. As the cheerful “Happy Birthday” melody rose, everyone clapped hands and sang to wish Confucius Institute a happy 10th birthday. The whole Culture Square was immersed in a sea of joy.

Ethnic costume show

During the performances, the faculty, in Chinese ethnic costumes, performed Chinese folk dances, including the fervent and lively Xinjiang dance, ethereal and beautiful peacock dance, graceful and elegant dance in Hanfu, vigorous and unrestrained Tibetan dance, and cheerful and deft dance in clothing of the Gaoshan ethnic group.

“Jasmine Flower”

With the golden dragon soaring and the sound of the gongs and drums deafening, the ceremony was pushed to a climax when the teachers and students were performing the dragon dance. The Xinjiang dance performed by Zafiro, a student from La Salle Middle School, demonstrated the cheerfulness and enthusiasm of the Uygur ethnic people in Xinjiang. “Dunhuang Dance” and Dance “Jasmine Flower” performed by the faculty was greeted with rousing applause from the audience.

“Dunhuang Dance”

The ceremony seen various interesting activities for experiencing the Chinese culture such as “getting to know Chinese within three minutes”, “getting yourself a Chinese name”, “drawing a panda”, “making Chinese knots”, “guessing Chinese characters”, and “tasting Chinese tea”. After getting a card for recording from the information desk, participants could collect a seal or signature after completing an activity. Once collecting all signatures, they could exchange for a Chinese cuisine as prize.

Chinese painting

The wonderful ceremony deepened the understanding on China of local faculty and students and lifted the cohesion and influence of the Confucius Institute.


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