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Joy of Celebrating Dragon Boat Festival Together

Date: August, 01, 2017 09:49 Age: 139 days

Joy of Celebrating Dragon Boat Festival Together

—— “Dragon Boat Festival” cultural activity of Confucius Institute at The University of the South Pacific 





May 31st 2017, Confucius Institute at The University of the South Pacific (hereinafter referred to as CI-USP) held the “Dragon Boat Festival —— Cultural Activity” successfully. All CI-USP staff and part of the students from social class attended this activity.

At the beginning of the event, CI-USP staff introduced the origin and customs of Dragon Boat Festival to the Social class students through articles and videos that were prepared in advance, and taught the students how to read and recognize the Chinese characters “Zongzi”,“Quyuan”, “Longzhou”(dragon boat) that were relevant to Dragon Boat Festival. Through practice on saying “Duanwujie Ankang” and other relevant greeting words, reading out Quyuan’s poem and learning the spiritual connotation within it, students not only gained detailed understanding on Dragon Boat Festival, but also had an interesting Chinese class. And then, CI-USP staff and the students enjoyed Zongzi together, the staff explained the origin and the cultural connotation of the custom of eating Zongzi. At last, CI-USP staff led the students to play a game in Chinese that was relevant to Dragon Boat Festival. The event ended in a happy atmosphere.

The students involved in this event said that they not only enjoyed the fun of the game, understood Chinese culture but also learnt Chinese. They felt this event was very meaningful and also an interesting life experience.

Dragon Boat Festival is one of the most important traditional festivals of China; it is an important component of Chinese culture. This cultural activity to promote Chinese culture to the South Pacific Region; it opens a window for the people of South Pacific Region to understand Chinese Culture. At the same time, culture promotion and language teaching are inseparable. Carrying out cultural activities is helpful in stimulating the interests of local people in learning Chinese, and also promotes the development of teaching Chinese in South Pacific Region.





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