Chinese New Year celebrations at UWTSD Lampeter

16.02.2018

The Chinese Year of the Dog got off to a busy start at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s Confucius Institute in Lampeter on Saturday, February 10th when around 50 people of all ages - all with an interest in Chinese culture - came to take part in traditional Chinese workshops to mark the run up to the Spring Festival.

Chinese New Year - Lampeter

Chinese teacher, Miss Qin Chuan, gave an introduction to the celebration, explaining that it is one the world’s greatest human migrations when millions of Chinese people all make their way home to celebrate the New Year with their families.

During the day, Sam Qin from Beijing Union University also introduced the ancient art of calligraphy. Much more than just the practice of Chinese handwriting with a brush and ink, calligraphy is a form of artistic expression that requires stillness of mind and body.

Visitors had a chance to sample traditional Chinese home cooking too, with festive food being supplied by Ling Di Long Chinese restaurant. Eleven year old Yu Han, son of the restaurant manager, gave a superb performance on the Chinese zither, or guzheng, while Miss Feng Chenyang performed the tea ceremony. 

There was also an opportunity to take part in one of China’s oldest health promoting exercises – the Five Animals Qigong - led by Mrs Chai Zhe, Confucius Classroom teacher at Penglais School in Aberystwyth.

Chinese New Year - Lampeter

During the celebrations, Confucius Institute teachers have visited schools across Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire, delighting pupils with a Chinese Spring Festival experience. Among the many schools celebrating Chinese New Year were Dyffryn Taf School in Whitland, St David’s Primary school and Pontarddulais primary in Swansea,  where children made Chinese dumplings, learnt about the Chinese Zodiac – especially the Dog - and about how families in China celebrate their long winter holiday.

For further information about the Confucius Institute at UWTSD, please contact Krystyna Krajewska, Executive Director by emailing k.krajewska@uwtsd.ac.uk 

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For further information, please contact Sian-Elin Davies by emailing sian-elin.davies@uwtsd.ac.uk / 01267 676908 / 07449 998476