Issue 1
Monday, 27 February 2017
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks welcomes the crowd at the celebrations
Vice-Chancellor Professor Simon Maddocks welcomes the crowd at the celebrations

Confucius Institute heralds the year of the rooster

By Leanne Miles

Friends of Charles Darwin University gathered this month to sing, dance and play games as part of Chinese New Year celebrations to signify the beginning of the year of the rooster.

The Darwin community joined the celebrations at Casuarina campus, which were co-hosted by the Confucius Institute at CDU and the Australia China Friendship Society.

The event included dance performances, traditional Chinese food, games and cultural activities such as paper cutting and calligraphy.

Confucius Institute co-Director Professor Martin Jarvis said the event was a great opportunity for the community to celebrate and learn about Chinese language and culture.

“The Confucius Institute at CDU has become an important hub for engagement with Chinese culture over the past four years,” Professor Jarvis said. “CDU’s recognition of the cultural importance of the Chinese New Year festival has become very significant as we develop a closer relationship with our Chinese partner universities.”

The Chinese co-Director of the Confucius Institute, Associate Professor Hua Wang, said the rooster was one of 12 zodiac signs on the Chinese lunar calendar.

“The pronunciation is similar to Chinese words representing opportunity and being energetic,” Mr Wang said.

“It is also well known that the rooster helps people to know that the morning has arrived and to make the most of each day.”

He said celebrations were held by Chinese people in the hope of a prosperous year ahead.

“Through the Confucius Institute we hope to develop closer relationships and understanding with the community and local business,” he said.

He said the institute would hold a range of programs and cultural activities throughout the year including Chinese traditional art, music, film, language programs and Tai Chi to engage with the community. For more information about upcoming events visit W: cdu.edu.au/confucius-institute