Lautoka Teaching Point celebrates Dragon Boat Festival
On the 26th of May, Confucius Institute Lautoka Teaching Point at University of the South Pacific (CI-USP Lautoka) celebrated the Chinese Dragon Boat Festival with staff and students in USP Lautoka campus. Dr. Pramila Devi, Director of USP Lautoka Campus, also attended this function.
By 10:00 am, the Chinese lecture room had already been decorated with Chinese lucky knots, Beijing Opera masks and paper-cuttings made by students. Posters and pictures with Chinese characteristics were displayed on walls to introduce the story of Qu Yuan, Dragon boat, Zongzi and customs of this festival. CI Lautoka teaching point prepared Chinese traditional food called Zongzi, fruits, snacks and beverage for participants. On the exhibition booth, ingredients of Zongzi, such as bamboo leaves, sticky rice, Chinese dates, peanuts and red beans were presented beautifully. After tasting the ingredients, many participants found them exotically delicious and different from local food.
Chinese teachers at CI-USP Lautoka Campus introduced the various customs of Dragon Boat Festival by oral presentation and videos, building a better understanding of this festival for the participants. Dr. Devi spoke highly of the exquisite decoration of Chinese elements and appreciated the efforts CI has made in every event. She also suggested an extension of this display, for the benefit of some staff and students who couldn’t make it today and to promote CI Chinese language course. Ms. Siwagami Devi, library officer of USP Lautoka, hoped CI could arrange display in the library as well, in which case more students could have the chance to know Chinese culture.
At the end of the function, participants raised questions about Chinese culture and shared thoughts and ideas with each other, wishing CI success in the future.
CI-USP has been devoted into Chinese language and cultural promotion in western Fiji, which was fully supported by USP Lautoka Campus. CI-USP Lautoka teaching point will continue their work in providing Chinese language course and cultural workshops for the western community, aimed to create a better