Cultural Celebrations Held in Timaru
On 25 March at 6pm, celebrations for Race Relations Day were held in the Caroline Bay Hall. The last time this event was held was eight years ago. The event was organised by the Office of Ethic Communities and attracted more than 400 people. Event organiser Rosie Knoppel said they had planned to cater for 400 people, but that more people participated than expected. Some even came from as far away as Ashburton and Tekapo.
The event was a show of cultural unity and the cuisines of different ethnic groups were served to the participants, such as food from Spain, Thailand, India, Korea, Germany, France, Vanuatu and so on. The Confucius Institute of Canterbury was invited to give performances that exhibited Chinese culture; SUN Kezhong gave a nunchaku and martial arts demonstration and GAO Xin performed Chinese folk songs. After the show, many locals talked with Kezhong about his performace, showing enthusiasm for Chinese martial arts. For the event, the Confucius Institute cooked 300 dumplings for the guests to try. With so many people present, each person could only taste one dumpling.
The event helped to promote the multicultural development of the South Canterbury region and enlarge the influence of Chinese culture in Timaru.
Story by XU Dou