2020 Spring Festival Gala Held in Thailand, Nearly 10,000 Teachers and Students Celebrate Chinese New Year

[Source]    Confucius Institute Headquarters [Time]    2020-01-23 18:37:25 

From January 11th to 19th, to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Thailand, and the 40th anniversary of Princess Sirindhorn learning Chinese, Confucius Institutes (Classrooms) in the Eastern Thai Economic Corridor (EEC), Phuket, Chiang Mai, and Khon Kaen, as well as volunteer Chinese teachers organized series of activities of the 2020 Spring Festival Gala. Sorasint Trichakraphop, Assistant Minister of the Council of State of Thailand; Raywat Arreerob, Secretary of the Minister of Health of Thailand; Teeraphol Thipcharoen, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Region 8 of the Thai Police; Supot Rodrueng Na Nongkai, Deputy Governor of Phuket; Pantong Sakhuphan, Deputy Governor of Khon Kaen; Ronnakit Ekasing, Deputy Mayor of Pattaya; Ren Yisheng, Chinese Consul General in Chiang Mai; Liao Junyun, Chinese Consul General in Khon Kaen; Chang Yumeng, Cultural Counselor of Chinese Embassy in Thailand; Li Chunfu, Deputy Consul General of the Chinese Consulate General in Songkhla, and other representatives of the Chinese Embassy and Consulates in Thailand, as well as officials of the Thai government, well-known overseas Chinese, representatives of Chinese and Thai companies, teachers, students and volunteer Chinese teachers of Confucius Institutes (classrooms) and other types of schools, and Chinese-Thai friendly people——nearly 10,000 people participated in the event.

The Spring Festival Gala was held on the occasion of 40th anniversary of Princess Sirindhorn studying Chinese. It is designated to encourage Thai students to follow the example of the Princess and work hard to learn Chinese, to add splendor to the friendship between China and Thailand. At the same time, as the prelude to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Thailand, this event can make Thai teachers and students feel the great achievements of the People's Republic of China in the 70 years since its founding, and further strengthen the traditional friendship of “China and Thailand being kith and kin”.

Chang Yumeng said that the year of 2020 marks the 45th anniversary of the establishment of China-Thailand diplomatic relations. As the two countries continue to deepen exchanges and cooperation in politics, economy, tourism, education and other fields, China is willing to share development experience and fruits with the Thai people. Nowadays, the demand for Chinese in Thailand is increasing day by day. Confucius Institutes and Confucius Classrooms have become a comprehensive platform for cultural exchanges between China and Thailand. The "Chinese plus" project has played an important role in improving Chinese teaching in Thailand and training Chinese professionals.

Chang Yumeng addressing the event

Xiao Hanming said that series of activities for the Spring Festival Gala, including wonderful art performances, innovative experience areas for folk technology, rich exhibitions for educational and cultural resources, interesting Chinese brand knowledge contests, make Thai teachers, students and the public truly feel abundant traditional Chinese customs in the Spring Festival. The Thai Ministry of Education will continue to support the development of Chinese language education. Gratitude should be extended to the Confucius Institute Headquarters and its representative office in Thailand as well as the Chinese Embassy and consulates in Thailand for their strong support for Chinese language education and the Spring Festival Gala.

Xiao Hanming addressing the event

Reflecting distinctive features from multiple angles and achieving remarkable results in various aspects

The Thai Spring Festival Gala sets up five major sections, including Chinese distinctive art performances, China Science and Technology Experience Area, China Educational Resources Exhibition, China Spring Festival Folk Customs Experience Area, and Chinese Brand in Thailand, which are held respectively in the EEC, Phuket, Chiang Mai, and Khon Kaen. The event links the "five major sections" in four places through various forms such as performances, exhibitions, garden fairs, and job fairs. It is a useful exploration of new forms to celebrate the Chinese Spring Festival overseas, reflecting the characteristics of a large audience, a high level of guests, and a wide range of communication. This event is also the first attempt to invite Thai teachers and students to intuitively experience the colorful Chinese culture and high-end Chinese science and technology, and it is a grand event to comprehensively understand contemporary China from multiple angles.

Focusing on the five sections and innovating the festival mode

A art delegation from the Yunnan Normal University, Thai Alumni Association of China's Universities, volunteer Chinese teachers as well as Chinese and Thai teachers and students present a series of festive and Chinese-style performances, winning warm applause from the audience.

“Red Lantern” dance in EEC

Volunteer teachers performing folk dance in Khon Kaen

The China Science and Technology Experience Area is very popular. Thai teachers, students, and citizens can not only experience high-tech products such as drones, robots, and electric balance cars, but also write Chinese calligraphy on the “Calligraphy Treasure” touch screen, thus feeling the charm of Chinese technology through interactive experiences.

Thai people experiencing balance cars

Armored vehicle robot

The first “ Qiaqia Cup” Chinese Brand Knowledge Contest is a success. More than 10,000 Chinese and Thai teachers and students participated in the contest online and offline. The good social image of Chinese brands has been widely disseminated among Thai people.

The finals of Knowledge Contest in EEC

At the China Educational Resources Exhibition, more than one hundred types of Chinese textbooks from seven book publishing houses in China and Thailand are displayed for the first time. More than 10 universities in Henan, Jiangsu and other places hold promotion lectures on study abroad. The latest online products on Chinese education of companies, including Chinese Road, Wodong Technology, and Xinhua Lezhi, have a good demand, and the exhibition of development achievements of Chinese-Thai Education and Confucius Institutes (Classrooms) has attracted attention.

The Spring Festival Folk Customs Experience Area is crowded with people. Intangible cultural heritage, calligraphy, Chinese knots, Chinese cuisine, traditional Chinese medicine acupuncture and cupping, and other traditional Chinese cultures let the Thai people feel the most authentic Chinese traditions without going abroad.

“Calligraphy Treasure” Exhibition Area

There are many bright spots in various places, and many projects are in full bloom.

The first stop of the Spring Festival Gala is the EEC where the unveiling ceremony of the world’s first batch of "Chinese Bridge" clubs (Bangkok site), the special job fair themed “Chinese + Vocational Education” of Rayong Branch of China Enterprise General Chamber of Commerce, the exhibition on Chinese-Thai education exchange achievements and the release ceremony of Lee Kum Kee electronic textbook on Chinese cooking are held.

The Launching Ceremony of the 2020 Spring Festival Gala in EEC

During the activities of the Spring Festival Gala in Phuket, Chinese and Siamese cultures are intertwined and integrated to promote mutual learning between the Thai and Chinese cultures, making Chinese participants understand the Thai culture while the Thai people understand China. The “Chinese Children’s Book World” picture books exhibition is popular among teachers and students.

Theater opening performance ending in Phuket

In Chiang Mai, the local Consulate General, the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Chiang Mai, and volunteer Chinese teachers celebrate the Spring Festival together. There is also a Chinese short play competition for middle school students to show the results of Chinese teaching.

Group photo of guests in Chiang Mai

At the Spring Festival Gala held at Khon Kaen University, the advanced Chinese technology exhibition, the Spring Festival Garden Fair and the international students’ interactive booths attract teachers and students on campus.

Group photo of guests at the opening ceremony in Khon Kaen

For the first time, this Spring Festival Gala has attracted more than 10,000 participants, with four main venues in the EEC, Phuket, Chiang Mai and Khon Kaen, and five parallel sessions in Bangkok, Suphan Buri, Ubon Ratchathani and Phitsanulok, which has become an important platform for the Thai people to understand China.


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