Moon Festival Celebration
The Mid-Autumn Festival is celebrated each year in China with a mouth-watering array of mooncakes and family reunion. In order to bring some of that Mid-Autumn festive feel to UNSW, the Confucius Institute at UNSW Australia collaborated with our partner, UNSW Institute of Languages, to host a Mid-Autumn evening.
With torrents of rain and an unexpected chillness in the evening, the piles of mooncakes on offer by the Institute of Languages were a warm welcome to the students who attended. After being serenaded by the dulcet tones of the Chinese guzheng, Mr Craig Stevens, Manager of the UNSW Institute of Languages, welcomed all attendees.
In the spirit of language education, Mr Stevens was followed by two presentations by Chinese language student Hayden Blain and Chinese teacher Gloria Li. They both offered some of their own experience as students and teachers to encourage the attendees to study what can seem like a daunting language.
After the presentations, a calligraphy master offered his services in the spirit of the Moon Festival, writing out personal calligraphic names for the attendees who requested them. The celebration ended with everyone full of Chinese tea and mooncake – a proper celebration of the Moon Festival.
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