Confucius Institute Events


About the Mid-Autumn Festival & Confucius Institute Day 

Mid-Autumn FestivalThe 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.  


   Photo credit: David Russell Photography 

Other Annual Confucius Institute Events

Lunar New Year / Spring Festival 

Chinese language students performingLunar 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. 



Dragon Boat Festival

Dragon Boat RaceThe 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.