The first “Chinese Language Day” of Hubei University falls on April 20, the date of Guyu ("Rain of Millet") in China, which is the 6th of 24 solar terms in the traditional East Asian calendars. Attendants of the grand festival were Jiang Tao, vice president of Hubei University, director of the Office of International Affairs and the Office of Languages Committee. The activities were also widely participated by international students and quantities of students from the School of Chinese Language and Literature, the School of Arts, as well as the School of Physical Education.
The festival started with the joyful dragon and lion dance performance, then followed by folk dance, traditional musical instrument, and calligraphy. In addition, Chinese traditional Wushu were shown by Wushu team from School of Physical Education. Audience also got the chance to enjoy “Drunken Concubine”, a show which occupies an extraordinary position in Peking Opera, that performed by Zhou Liling, director of the Research Center for Hubei Intangible Cultural Heritage. Moreover, international students wore all kinds of Han Chinese clothing (“Han” refers to the predominant ethnic group of China), to show the audience Chinese etiquette.
The international student speech contest with the theme of "My Wuhan Story" had been taken as a key part during the festival of " Chinese Language Day", and was participated by 17 students from various countries. By retelling warm stories that happened in Wuhan in the speeches, international students connected people in China and foreign countries even closer.
"Chinese Language Day" aims to spread Chinese culture by showing the charm and beauty of Chinese language and characters. "Chinese Language Day" extends the whole week, which covers not only the performances in the festival, but also Teaching Skills Competition for Chinese International Education.
(Edited by Yang Rui)