Happy Chinese New Year 2020 Held in Tanzania

[Source]    Confucius Institute at the University of Dar es salaam [Time]    2020-02-09 19:26:27 

On January 18th, local time, the Spring Festival Gala “Happy Chinese New Year 2020” was held at Julius Nyerere International Convention Centre (JNICC) in Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. The event was sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of China, the Chinese Embassy at Tanzania and the Ministry of Information, Culture, Arts and Sports of Tanzania, with the assistance of the Chinese Cultural Center in Tanzania and the Confucius Institute at the University of Dar es salaam (UDSM). Simbachawene, Minister of the State in the Vice President Office and Home Affairs Minister in Tanzania, and Wang Ke, Chinese Ambassador to Tanzania, attended the Gala. More than 1,000 overseas Chinese and local people gathered together to celebrate the Spring Festival.

In his speech, Wang Ke said that cultural exchange has become an effective means to promote mutual understanding and friendship between the Chinese and Tanzanians. He wished the friendship and cooperation between China and Tanzania would continue to consolidate and develop, bringing more benefits to the two countries and their people.

Wang Ke delivering a speech

On behalf of the government of Tanzania, Simbachawene extended his warmest greetings to all Chinese and overseas Chinese. He expressed his wish that Tanzania and China will join hands, seize the opportunity and strive to become good partners for mutual benefit and win-win cooperation in the New Year.

The gala kicked off with a dance performance “Beautiful China” which was performed by the China Railway Construction Engineering Group. Zhejiang Art Troupe presented several wonderful programs, such as the vivid dragon dance, the picturesque martial arts named “At the Crossroad”, the mysterious face changing performance, and the euphemistic folk music, and the audience were deeply affected by the charm of traditional Chinese art.

The event

Teachers from the Confucius Institute at the University of Dar es salaam performed a dancing in Traditional Han Chinese Clothing (Han Fu), showing the beauty of Chinese dances to the fullest. The song “China” from China Railway Construction Engineering Group attracted many Chinese and overseas Chinese present to sing together. The dance “Huaxi River” brought by children from the Chinese Cultural Center is really lovely and full of the joy of childhood. The songs and dances performed by the winners of “Beautiful Voice 2020” Chinese Song Contest in Tanzania and Nimzo Art Troupe have made everyone feel the passion and friendship from the Tanzanian people once again.

Dance “The Nation of Rites”

Meanwhile, a Chinese cultural exhibition stand was set in the hall by the Confucius Institute at the University of Dar es salaam and Chinese Cultural Center in Tanzania. Guests were greeted by teachers from the Confucius Institute, who demonstrated various art forms such as writing Chinese festival couplets and the Chinese character “Fu”, doing paper cut, making red envelopes, which all showcased a variety of Chinese elements. Under the guidance of the teachers from the Confucius Institute at UDSM, the guests also experienced the Chinese handicrafts such as weaving Chinese knots, and they all expressed their interest and admiration for the booming Chinese New Year.

Paper cutting experience

Wang Ke and Simbachawene visited the cultural exhibition stand. Wang Panfeng, a teacher from the Confucius Institute at UDSM, presented his Spring Festival couplet to Simbachawene to share with him the joy of the Chinese Year.

Wang Ke and Simbachawene visiting the cultural exhibition stand

The Confucius Institute at the University of Dar es salaam has been actively participating “Happy Chinese New Year 2020” in Tanzania all the time, giving full play to the characteristics of the Confucius Institute, adding color to the Spring Festival and providing a window and link for cultural exchange and cooperation between China and Tanzania.

Story and photo by Dong Hanglu