A Report on Chinese New Year Celebration
Written by Qiyuan Zheng
Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival, is the most important festival in China. Everyone is coming back home or getting together with family and friends to celebrate the coming New Year. There was no doubt that 2013 would be another great time for us to get Chinese people together, spread Chinese culture, and strengthen connections with local communities. Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University has been very active in collaborating with Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA), Chinese American Faculty and Staff Association (CAFSA), and Chinese Professional Entrepreneur and Association (CPEA) for Chinese New Year Celebration. What’s more, the Confucius Institute also successfully hosted the Dumpling Festival at Campus International School (CIS) and sponsored Cleveland Contemporary Chinese Culture Association (CCCCA) and Westlake Chinese Culture Association (WCCA) for the Chinese New Year Celebration. We can see the Confucius Institute makes a great effort to spread out Chinese culture and impact local communities.
At the Chinese New Year Celebration, the performers gave a wonderful show and provided a window for American friends to view China. The most impressive show was “Kung Fu”(Gongfu). Not only Chinese people performed Kung Fu, but Americans did too. We saw different martial arts styles in the celebration, like Tai-chi(Taiji), monkey boxing, cane knife, etc. I was surprised when seeing a group of teenagers doing Kung Fu with professional moves. Besides the teenagers, there was even a group of children who showed the basic moves of Kung Fu. The youngest children were about only four or five years old. It’s great to know that more and more people from different parts of the world are interested in Kung Fu and willing to put effort into practicing it. It’s fabulous.
As mentioned before, the Chinese New Year Celebration is very important for Chinese people, especially for the people who live abroad. For this reason, the celebration got a lot of people in the communities involved. In the Tibetan dance was given by a group of dancers with average age of 76. The oldest dancer was 82 years old, but they still gave a vivid dance show. You could see the passion and happiness on their faces. The 12-year-old girl who danced Dream won the First Prize in a State Dance Competition last year. The boy who performed Peking Opera—Taking Mount Tiger with Strategy—was only 10 years old but showed a full expression and spirit of the character. Most of the performers were not professional but still trying to bring as much joyfulness as possible to everyone, sending their best wishes. Some of them are students, some are retired people, some are teachers, and some are regular workers. No matter what vocation they are in, the purpose they shared is the same—to celebrate the New Year and bring good luck to everyone!
Special thanks to Ms. Caroline C. Macdonell who commented and revised this article.