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Darwin residents celebrate Chinese Spring Festival

By Katie Weiss

Confucius Institute Director, Professor Martin Jarvis says the Chinese community represents an important part of Darwin’s culture Confucius Institute Director, Professor Martin Jarvis says the Chinese community represents an important part of Darwin’s culture

Darwin residents have embraced an important festival in the Chinese calendar with traditional activities and celebrations at Casuarina campus.

The Confucius Institute joined with the Australia China Friendship Society to host the Chinese Spring Festival, which begins on Chinese New Year and is celebrated for 15 days.

Included in the festivities at the university were traditional Chinese dance and Tai Chi performances, chopstick challenges and Chinese paper cutting, along with traditional foods.

CDU Confucius Institute Director, Professor Martin Jarvis said the event provided opportunities for Chinese Territorians to celebrate the important festival and for non-Chinese people to embrace the culture.

“The Chinese community in Darwin is very vibrant and it forms a very important part of Darwin’s culture,” Professor Jarvis said.

He said Darwin had a strong relationship and friendship with China, in part due to the long history of Chinese people residing in Darwin and the wider NT region.

Darwin is the sister city of China’s Haikou city on Hainan Island and the entire NT region is twinned with Anhui Province in the East China region.