The Confucius Institute hosts or participates in three major events each year that promote Chinese culture.
These events give students and local community members opportunities to learn about Chinese holidays, see Chinese performances and taste Chinese food.
Be sure to check back throughout the year for specific dates and times for these events!
Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, is China's most important holiday. It celebrates the turn of the traditional lunisolar calendar, which usually falls in January or February on the 12-month calendar. The festival is celebrated for about 16 days - starting on New Year's Eve and ending on the 15th day of the new year with the Lantern Festival. It's a time for reuniting with family and friends. Celebrations include firecrackers, decorations, food and giving "lucky money" to children.
The Confucius Institute celebrates with various events on and off campus, including special events for students, community luncheons and a special Noon Arts concert featuring Chinese performances.
The Confucius Institute hosts a celebration in late September or early October each
year celebrating the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival and Confucius Institute Day. The Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, held on the 15th day of the eighth month of the lunar
calendar, is a harvest festival traditionally celebrated with family and friends. Confucius Institute Day commemorates the anniversary of Confucius Institutes all over
the world and the birthday of Confucius, the ancient scholar whose philosophy is widely
considered the foundation of Chinese culture even to this day.
This celebration includes a Kung Fu demonstration, tasting of traditional moon cakes, musical entertainment, a lantern competition awards ceremony and free gifts for attendees.
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The Confucius Institute participates in the Annual Dragon Boat Festival hosted each spring by Goodwill. Students and community members who want to race on the CI team sign up to compete. The festival, held at Lake Olmstead in Augusta, also features food and performances from local Asian organizations. Each year, the CI sets up a tent with activities during the festival.