On January 12 and 13, the Confucius Institute in Edmonton was invited by Edmonton Chinatown Multi-cultural Centre to participate in the annual largest Chinese New Year event — “Lunar New Year Extravaganza” at West Edmonton Mall. Thousands of people gathered together to celebrate the Year of Pig.
This two-day extravaganza included vibrantly cultural performances and a lot of sales and exhibition booths. At the CIE booth, teachers displayed a variety of Chinese culture activities, Chinese Chess, Chinese calligraphy with Chinese New Year couplet with good messages, making of Chinese New Year Painting, Chinese knots and Chinese dough art. All these activities and displays only delivered best wishes for a good health, happiness and auspicious to people, but also helped people have a better understanding of Chinese culture and Chinese New Year custom. Many people old and young showed the great interests in these displays and activities.
After the opening ceremony of the event, Consul General Lu Xu from Chinese Consulate in Calgary also visited the CIE booth and highly praised the CIE teachers’ work. The CIE also organized a 20 minute performance at the event which included 4 Chinese traditional dances performed by three Confucius Classrooms – Ross Sheppard High School, Londonderry Junior High School and Rosslyn Junior High School and instructed by the CIE dance teacher.
Since 2016, the Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, has been designated as an official holiday in Canada, which recognizes the traditions and cultural significance of the day.