A Touch of Spring Festival

Authors: Andrea Lockett, Helen Loaiza


Foreign students had great fun at a celebration highlighting a series of activities with distinct Chinese flavors.
A bunch of foreign students in Chengdu, most of whom have come to the city for the first time, joined in a celebration on Jan.21 for the upcoming Chinese New Year organized by Chengdu Municipal Bureau of Culture, Broadcasting, TV and Tourism.
The USAC study abroad students at Southwest Minzu University had great fun at the celebration highlighting a series of activities with distinct Chinese flavors, such as couplets writing, paper-cutting, and knot-tying. Local professional calligraphers were invited to demonstrate the art of traditional Chinese calligraphy, and the students were then invited to practice calligraphy themselves.
Spring Festival couplets are a pair of poetry celebrating the new year based on certain writing rules, which are usually pasted to both sides of doors before the New Year's Eve.
The paper-cutting proved to be challenging to some, who would begin the meticulous process of cutting out the silhouette of the panda. Although it was a time-consuming process, most of the students found it a rewarding experience and were excited to display their works on the walls for visitors to see.
The event was a pleasant way to begin preparations for the approaching Spring Festival. Students were enthusiastic participating in the multiple activities arranged by GoChengdu. Most of the foreigners only arrived recently in Chengdu and had not yet been presented with the opportunity to participate in traditional Chinese arts. USAC students appreciated having additional insight on Chinese culture.

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