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Illuminating Traditions: Special Chinese Lantern Festival at Zealive

Updated: Mar 6



Introduction:

As the Lunar New Year celebrations come to a close, another vibrant and enchanting festival takes center stage in Chinese culture – the Lantern Festival. This centuries-old tradition marks the 15th day of the lunar calendar and symbolizes the end of the New Year festivities with a spectacular display of lanterns, cultural performances, and time-honored customs. The origins of the Lantern Festival can be traced back to ancient China, where it began as a ceremonial offering. Over time, the festival evolved into a celebration of family reunion, love, and good fortune, with lanterns symbolizing the hope for a bright and prosperous future. Zealive Institute of New Zealand organized this special Chinese Lantern Festival to celebrate and appreciate the beauty of Chinese traditions. 


The Art of Lantern Making:

Central to the Lantern Festival are the intricately crafted lanterns that decorate streets, parks, and homes across China. These lanterns come in a dazzling array of shapes, sizes, and colors, ranging from traditional red spheres to elaborate zodiac animals and lucky symbols. The event started with lantern-making workshops, which enabled students to get creative. Zealive international students walked into the creative process, experimenting with different shapes, colors, and techniques to design their lanterns. From traditional paper lanterns to playful designs inspired by nature, the possibilities were endless. As the workshop progressed, creativity flourished, and they found themselves in the joy of self-expression.





Diverse Learning Resources:

After decorating the school with colorful lanterns, the event moved on to the main session; the Chinese Language Hub. From interactive vocabulary sessions and multimedia showcases to engaging language and cultural immersion experiences, the hub offered a comprehensive suite of tools and materials to support international students on their Chinese cultural journey. 


Cultural Enrichment:

Beyond language proficiency, the Chinese Language Hub also served as a gateway to the rich cultural heritage of China. Through virtual tours and cultural workshops, students were able to deepen their understanding and gain insights that go beyond language acquisition. The school invited a professional tea performer who showed students the traditional way of serving. Students were attracted to her performance and even experienced the original taste of Chinese tea. The hub provided a platform for cultural exchange and appreciation, fostering cross-cultural understanding and mutual respect.







*Charlie tasting the authentic green tea






Community Engagement:

The Chinese Language Hub at Zealive Institute of New Zealand was a vibrant and diverse community of learners, educators, and language enthusiasts from around the world. Through the event, students successfully shared experiences and practiced their language skills in a supportive and inclusive environment. 


Conclusion:

As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, proficiency in Chinese has never been more valuable. The Chinese Lantern Festival and the Language Hub offered a gateway to the rich culture, history, and language of China. The event was not merely a celebration of lights; it was a celebration of culture, community, and the enduring spirit of the Chinese people. As lanterns illuminated the night sky and hearts were filled with joy and wonder, it reminded us of all the timeless traditions that bind us together. 



 

The Chinese Language Hub was the last one of our series! We started with English and continued with three other languages. It was a beautiful journey in which we were able to discover other cultures and deepen our understanding. We extremely appreciate all the students who participated in our events, and Charlie and Ella from Auckland University who supported us. 

We hope to continue conversion activities for students, so follow us on Instagram and Facebook, and pay close attention to our website for updates on future cultural celebrations and events! 🎉.



Zealive is dedicated to creating a distinctive, engaging, and non-commercial free "Language Hub" Our core mission remains to offer a Hub that goes beyond English language learning and fosters multicultural exchange.

We invite you to join us at Zealive Institute, sharing various stories from our language-learning journeys!





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