Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival, is arguably the most important traditional festival to the Chinese people. It is a time for sharing a big meal together, bidding farewell to the past year and giving good wishes to others for the new year. Looking to bring the festivity of the lunar new year to PC, the Confucius Institute held a banquet at Harper Center on the evening of February 16.
A big highlight of this year’s banquet was the Chinese Club. After being presented by Mr. Xiaorui Du, the advisor to the Club, four members entertained the audience with a presentation on the history of the Chinese New Year by Denzel Brown and Naya Martin, a baritone solo performance by Denzel Brown, a calligraphy work by Anna Crosby and a poetry recitation by Anna Griffin.
The event was kicked off with the opening remarks by CI director Dr. David Liu and deputy director Prof. Yin Pan, both expressing their gratitude for the support provided by colleagues at PC and local school districts.
Dr. Bob Campbell, as a guest speaker for the event, talked about harmony in a society, a value embraced by both Confucianism and PC.
Elizabeth Campbell, a student from Midlands STEM Institute in Winnsboro expressed her best wishes for everyone present on behalf of the students of Chinese in the Institute. The Chinese program at Midlands STEM is currently being taught by two Chinese teachers who are affiliated to the Confucius Institute at Presbyterian College.
A total of about 80 guests from the PC community, local school districts and community and Chinese teachers from other programs in South Carolina, attended the banquet and shared the joy of a new beginning.
By Xiaorui Du