The Dragon Boat Festival, a traditional Chinese holiday also known as Duan Wu Jie, was celebrated this year on June 22, and is one of the three major lunar festivals in China, along with the Spring Festival and the Mid-Autumn Festival.
To share the joy of the festival with international faculty members and students at the Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech), the Center for Language Education (CLE) of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, together with SUSTech Global, hosted a themed event entitled “Pack Rice Dumplings & Learn Chinese”.
Ms. Zhaoting LI from CLE and Mr. Zhi YU from SUSTech Global welcomed the guests and hoped this activity would create a beautiful memory during their time at SUSTech. Dr. Shen Wei, a Chinese Lecturer, designed a fun teaching activity to explain the culture of the Dragon Boat Festival to the international faculty members and students.
A chef from the SUSTech Cafeteria was also invited to demonstrate and instruct on how to wrap “Zongzi”, which is a traditional Chinese rice dish of the Dragon Boat Festival made of sticky rice stuffed with different fillings and wrapped in bamboo leaves, which sparked a lot of interest from among the participants.
At this event, international faculty members and students not only learned how to prepare “Zongzi”, but also had the opportunity to learn about the Chinese language and culture of the festival in a real-life context.
“Thank you so much for organizing this event. It really was a meaningful experience and very enjoyable”, said Cheap Lyly, an international student at SUSTech.