On 19th September, nearly 40 students attended the open house for evening courses and celebrated the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival together with the teachers from the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland (CII).
Celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th month according to the Chinese lunar calendar, this year’s Mid-Autumn Festival fell on 19th September. As the second grandest festival in China, after the Spring Festival, the Mid-Autumn Festival is also an occasion for family reunion and has the nickname “Chinese Thanksgiving”. The day is also known as the Moon Festival, as at that time of the year the moon is at its roundest and brightest and people will eat special mooncakes while watching the full moon.
During the event, Professor Liming Wang, Director of UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland, kicked off the proceedings with his welcome address. Then three students from last year’s evening courses delivered speeches and shared their experience with the new students. Traditional Chinese mooncakes were also served at a food reception to give the students their first taste of the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival.
Since 2006, more than 1500 students have benefited from the evening courses offered by CII. These courses include Mandarin Chinese in beginner, post-beginner, intermediate, upper-intermediate and advanced levels, Chinese culture and society, Chinese business culture, Chinese painting and Chinese calligraphy. The open house for evening courses welcomed the new students of this session and offered an opportunity for them to exchange ideas with the former students.
A Confucius Institute evening course student practising Chinese calligraphy
UCD CII Staff party for Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival
On 20th September, the entire staff of the Confucius Institute at UCD gathered together watching the full moon, enjoying Chinese cuisine together, eating mooncakes and singing songs. The teachers were queuing up to get the microphone, having a singing competition well into the night. Since 2006, the teachers from the Confucius Institute, in line with the aim to promote Chinese language education and the promotion of cultural exchanges, have been making great efforts to help Irish students better understand the traditional culture of various Chinese festivals. There was a very warm response from the students and schools, and the Institute will further expand the cultural activities in the future.