The Confucius institute at University of Canterbury Participated in the
Christchurch Lantern Festival
Family with their names written in Chinese by Confucius Institute staff
On the 19th of February (local time), Christchurch celebrated Chinese Lantern Festival in Hagley Park, which was presented by the Christchurch City Council in partnership with Asia New Zealand Foundation. The Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury (CIUC) was invited to participate in the celebration. Altogether, 30 000 local people attended the festival.
Teachers and MLAs (Mandarin Language Assistant) from the Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury offered a variety of traditional Chinese cultural activities for the local people in Christchurch, including Chinese calligraphy, Chinese tea ceremony, Chinese knots making, plate painting. They also had a table where people could try out various traditional Chinese games, such as HuaRongDao, a game using chopsticks and kicking a ‘jianzi’. Learning how to make cute Chinese lanterns was one of the most popular activities at the festival.
Having a name written in Chinese calligraphy was also very popular. A continuous stream of people queued to have their name written in Chinese calligraphy. Some of the parents said that Chinese writing is amazing: they hope their children will have the opportunity to learn the ancient, beautiful art of calligraphy.
The table where people could ‘blow’ ink to create paintings was also very attractive. A Cantabrian spent three hours trying to solve HuaRongDao game: he said that Chinese games were very challenging and he can’t wait to introduce these games to his friends.
SUN Kezhong, who is a martial art volunteer from the Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury, performed Chinese martial arts for locals, which many people enjoyed.
The whole event lasted for about five hours. By popularizing the traditional Chinese folk culture, the Confucius institute at the University of Canterbury is raising awareness of, and interest in China.
Students attempt Chinese painting
A boy attempting to win a postcard at the chopsticks game
CIUC Mandarin Language Assistant performing martial arts for an audience