On January 18th, 19th and 26th, the Confucius Institute in Edmonton participated in the two Chinese New Year celebrations organized by the Chinese community. One was the Lunar New Year Extravaganza at West Edmonton Mall, and the other was Lunar New Year of the Rat Celebration at Kingsway Mall. The CIE has been involved in these annual Chinese New Year celebrations for many years.
Thousands of people joined the celebrations with an exciting showcase of performances, Chinese traditional arts and crafts, Chinese New Year decorations, etc. Spring Festival couplets and fu written by the CIE teachers were very popular. Many people brought them home to decorate their houses. The CIE teachers also received a lot of requests for dough art, Chinese knots, Chinese New Year woodcut painting, and Chinese character tattoo stickers. The students from Confucius Classrooms performed Chinese dances.