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Enjoy the Taste of Mid-Autumn Festival

26 Sep 2018 - 11:00

Enjoy the Taste of Mid-Autumn Festival

 

On September 21st, the Confucius Institute at the University of Cape Town (UCT) organized a function to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival for the students and staff at UCT. Dr. Ma Yue (Head of Chinese Section at School of languages & Literatures, UCT), representatives of UCT Asian Students Association and other UCT students interested in Chinese culture participated in this event.

The venue was full of Chinese atmosphere with red lanterns and melon seeds and sweets that we often ate during Chinese holidays. It didn’t feel like being far away from China in South Africa. Dr Ma Yue gave a warm welcome to all the guests in plain Chinese. He said that this year's China Mid-Autumn Festival coincided with the South African Heritage Day. This event built a bridge for the exchange of Chinese-South African culture, and also created an opportunity for South African students to approach Chinese culture.

 

Dr Ma Yue gave a welcoming speech

 

During the event, the volunteer teachers of the Confucius Institute introduced the origin of the Mid-Autumn Festival, the myth of Chang’e and Houyi, the custom of Mid-Autumn Festival, the types moon cakes and their method of making to the teachers and students. After the introduction, there were Mid-Autumn Festival knowledge contest and lantern riddle guessing. The participants learned Chinese while playing games. In the last section, Ms Shao Yan, a visiting scholar from Sichuan University, presented a professional tea preparation performance to the students, which motivated the students to try the tea preparation themselves. Before the end of the function, the participants were invited to taste the moon cakes of various flavors such as lotus seed egg yolk, five kinds of nuts, and sweetened bean paste. The students enjoyed the moon cakes with their thumbs up. The winners of the knowledge contest won prizes with Chinese characteristics such as Laoganma sauce and tableware. The event concluded with a satisfying ending.

Knowledge contest

 

Group photo of the staff and participants

 

The South African students who participated in the function later said that the event allowed them to taste the charm of traditional Chinese festivals directly and also expected to participate in more activities of this kind, so as to learn more about China.