First Canadian Traditional Chinese Medicine Festival Wraps up

[Source]    Confucius Institute at Saint Mary's University [Time]    2020-02-20 16:03:30 

On February 8th, local time, during the Chinese Lantern Festival, the Confucius Institute at Saint Mary's University and the Canadian College of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (CCATCM) jointly held the first Canadian Traditional Chinese Medicine Festival. More than a hundred local people experienced traditional Chinese medicine culture, prayed for China, and cheered for Wuhan at the event.

Jo-Ann Roberts, the interim leader of the Green Party of Canada , Huang Wen, Chairman of the Chinese Association of Nova Scotia, Franklyn Chen, President of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Association of Canada (NS Chapter), Ravee Chen, CEO of CCATCM, and Lucy Griffith, Dean of Acupuncture of CCATCM attended the event. Stephen McNeil, Premier of Nova Scotia, and Huang Guojian, Chairman of AACMC sent letters to the event to congratulate the success of the festival.

Ribbon-cutting ceremony

Stephen McNeil said in his letter that the Chinese culture represented by the Chinese communities in Nova Scotia is an important part of multi-culture in the region. Traditional Chinese culture, such as traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and acupuncture, are widely welcomed by Canadian people. He appreciated the first Canadian Traditional Chinese Medicine Festival for giving local people more opportunities to learn about TCM culture.

Huang Guojian said in the letter that promoting acupuncture in Canada is of reciprocity and mutual benefit, which is not only beneficial to the physical and mental health of Canadian people, but has also promoted Chinese cultural heritage.

Huang Wen said in his speech: “The Lantern Festival is the last day of the Lunar New Year. On this special day, we all gathered together to cheer for China with the time-honored traditional Chinese medicine as the bond ."

The speech by Huang Wen

Jo-Ann Roberts shared her trip to China. She said that the trip to China is eye-opening. She gave Chinese New Year greetings to the guests in Chinese.

The speech by Jo-Ann Roberts

This festival mainly consists of the sections including the introduction of basic TCM knowledge, the TCM experience, the TCM health maintenance and the traditional Chinese cultural experience. The guests not only learned basic TCM knowledge, but also experienced TCM massage, acupuncture and other health preserving programs.

At the TCM health maintenance site, the guests raced to taste the health maintenance tea rich in TCM materials such as ginseng and Siraitia grosvenorii, as well as some new-style health maintenance foods made from a variety of TCM materials. The health maintenance tea not only has a refreshing taste, but also different effects such as balancing yin and yang in human body. Holding the tea, people shared the joy of learning or the changes brought by experiencing TCM culture in a warm atmosphere.

Drinking the tea

During the event, the guests followed the qigong master to experience qigong. They sat in circle and followed the master’s instructions to draw breaths and feel the flow of “qi” throughout their bodies. After the experience, they said that they could feel the effect of “qi”on their bodies, which rejuvenate their spirits, and they became more interested TCM health maintenance.

Qigong experience

In the traditional cultural experience area established by the Confucius Institute, activities such as hand-made lanterns, Chinese New Year paper cutting, and festive red envelopes are animated. Among them, the most popular one is writing Chinese names and zodiac seals, and everyone was eagerly discussing their own zodiac.

Writing Chinese names

Paper cutting experience

Kristi, a student of CCATCM, showed off her art works on the spot. As a student of the customized Chinese medicine course at the Confucius Institute at Saint Mary's University, she has integrated the Chinese characters in the Spring Festival, totems, and traditional Chinese-style buildings into oil paintings through the combination of Chinese culture and western painting.

The lively and festive atmosphere made the Confucius Institute teacher Wu Ji really excited. He said, “China and Canada are both open and inclusive countries, and it is an honor for me to spread Chinese culture in Canada.”

Chinese dance performance

The Hanfu Club of Nova Scotia also presented a Hanfu show, and the various traditional Chinese costumes are a feast for the eyes. The graceful traditional dance, gorgeous skirts and elegant dancing moves won warm applause from the audience.


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