On February 8, this year’s Confucius Institute sponsored celebrations for Year of the Rooster came to a close. The Uintah Elementary Confucius Classroom, together with South Ogden Junior High and Bonneville High, put on this year's last Chinese New Year Celebration at Bonneville High. With musical performances by students, interactive plays about the Chinese Zodiac animals, games, crafts, and booths with information on Chinese traditional arts, the grand celebration at Bonneville High attracted more than 500 students and parents. In the space of two weeks, the Confucius Institute has sponsored a series of Chinese New Year 2017 Events, from Ogden all the way to St. George. The Confucius Institute at the University of Utah sponsored 22 Chinese New Year events this year, both events held by our Confucius Classrooms as well as unaffiliated centers for Chinese learning and Overseas Chinese associations.
Chinese new year celebration put on by local overseas chinese associations
Hands-on activities at this year’s Chinese New Year celebrations have included crafts, traditional Chinese toys, games that build knowledge about Chinese culture, and plenty of Chinese cuisine to sample. Highlights from performances at this year's events included the ‘changing faces’ opera performance at the Lehi High School Confucius Classroom celebration and students' fierce Lion Dance in front of a 700 person audience at Calvin Smith Elementary. Due to the popularity of these performances and limited size of school auditoriums, some schools needed to offer two or even three performances to accommodate the number of classmates and parents who wanted to attend.
Besides this year’s celebrations at Confucius Classrooms around the state, the Confucius Institute also sponsored events put on by unaffiliated Chinese learning centers and overseas Chinese organizations. With over 15,000 people attending this year’s events, we are proud to support local schools and organizations to introduce Chinese New Year to the general public. Happy Year of the Rooster!
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