The 18th of February, 2015 was the last day in the Chinese lunar calendar. It was the eve of the Chinese Spring Festival, the most important festival in traditional Chinese culture. In order to celebrate Chinese New Year for the nearly 600 Chinese students in UCD, the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland (CII), the Chinese Students and Scholars Association in UCD, the International office, the Film society and the International students society worked together to hold a celebration in the UCD Global Lounge.
The event lasted from 11:30 am to 10:00 pm. Students from China and other countries were attracted to the event by a variety of celebratory activities, which included a live broadcast of the Spring Festival Gala, a workshop in Chinese traditional culture, Chinese movie appreciation and traditional Chinese music and dancing.
Chinese teachers from the UCD Confucius Institute organized the workshops in Chinese traditional culture. They invited friends from other countries to join them in activities such as paper cutting, painting, calligraphy and cucurbit flute playing, enabling them to gain a deeper insight into Chinese traditional culture.
After that, a spectacular show including Chinese traditional dance, Tai Chi and renditions of the traditional Chinese musical instruments “Erhu” and “Zheng” were performed by teachers from CII. Their excellent performance won great plaudits from the audience. Furthermore, students had the chance to try on Traditional Chinese costumes, which allowed them to experience the fun side of Chinese culture.
In the evening, a Chinese buffet and karaoke brought this event to a climax. Students from different countries sat together and enjoyed the special Spring Festival eve dinner.
Even though they are far from their hometowns, this celebration brought these students a warm start to the Chinese New Year. Xu Danfeng from the Business Institute of Renmin University of China expressed her joy to be part of this warm celebration and was proud to see that people from other countries are showing a great interest in Chinese culture.
Mr. Wang Can, the president of the Chinese Students and Scholars Association in Ireland gave the opening speech which included the Irish greeting “Athbhliain faoi Mhaise Daoibh!” (Happy New Year!). During the event, Dr. Catherine McGurren, the Chinese marketing director from UCD International office gave a welcome speech and expressed seasonal greetings to the students as well.