Feb. 8, 2024
Stepping into the World of Chinese Calligraphy: A Cultural Event in the Chinese Program
The event began with an introduction to Chinese calligraphy, providing the students with an overview of its rich history and the various writing styles that have evolved over the centuries. This was more than just a theoretical session; it was an interactive experience that allowed students to engage with Chinese culture.
As the event progressed, the students were given the opportunity to practice writing with traditional brushes. This hands-on experience was about more than just mastering the brush strokes; it was also about understanding the deeper cultural significance behind them. The atmosphere was one of shared learning and cultural exchange, as students from different backgrounds shared their unique holiday traditions and celebrations.
A highlight of the event was the writing of the character “福” (fú), symbolizing fortune and luck, an auspicious sign particularly relevant with the Chinese Spring Festival (Chinese New Year) approaching. Students also tried their hands at crafting their own Spring couplets, a tradition of Chinese New Year. These couplets are typically used as decorations during the Spring Festival, embodying wishes for prosperity and happiness in the coming year.
The event ended with a display of the students’ works, reflecting not only their newly acquired calligraphy skills but also their personal expressions of hope and goodwill for the new year. The event was a huge success, full of happiness and a greater understanding of Chinese culture among the attendees.