Grand Lantern Festival Celebration Held in Sao Paulo, Brazil

[Source] [Time]    2019-02-25 18:18:06 

On February 16th local time, the fourth Lantern Festival celebration, sponsored by the Confucius Institute at Sao Paulo State University (UNESP), was held in the Ibilapuela Park, Sao Paulo in Brazil. The park was bustling with people that day, with hundreds of big red lanterns hanging high.

Chen Peijie, Consul General of China in Sao Paulo; Zhang Yucheng, Head Official of Chinese Consulate-General in Sao Paulo; Luis Paulino, Brazilian Director of the Confucius Institute at UNESP; Wang Ting, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute at UNESP and other guests attended the celebration.

Chen Peijie (fourth from the left), Consul General of China in Sao Paulo; Paulino (fourth from the right), Brazilian Director of the Confucius Institute; Wang Ting (second from the right), Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute and principals from the Chinese community attending the event

A downpour in the evening did not dampen people’s enthusiasm. Hundreds of overseas Chinese and Brazilians present extended their Lantern Festival greetings to each other.

Chen Peijie, Consul General of China in Sao Paulo, expressed that it was the second time that the Confucius Institute held a Lantern Festival celebration in the Ibilapuela Park, during which people could exchange greetings. She said that the Lantern Festival, the first day with a full moon after the Lunar New Year, carried the implied meaning of completeness. She hoped that during the Lantern Festival, people, family, and society could all live in harmony.

“There is a proverb in northern China, which says that ‘if clouds cover the moon on Mid-Autumn Festival, there will be snow on the next Lantern Festival’. Snow on the Lantern Festival is a good omen. Today, it rains in Sao Paulo, which is also a good sign of a good year with favorable weather conditions.” said Chen Peijie.

Paulino, Brazilian Director of the Confucius Institute at UNESP, expressed that culture has helped build a bridge between Chinese and Brazilians. During the Lantern Festival celebration, Chinese culture was promoted to Brazilians, and the friendship between the two peoples was enhanced, which could bring about closer Brazil-China relations.

The celebration started at 10:00 a.m. on that day. Teachers and students of the Confucius Institute set up exhibition stands of calligraphy, paper-cutting, Chinese knotting and other traditional Chinese arts. They also provided Chinese ethnic costumes for people to wear and take photos, which attracted dozens of Brazilian participants.

Liu Shude (first from the left), Chairman of the Chinese Calligraphy Society of Brazil, and members of the Society writing Chinese names for Brazilians

At 3:00 p.m., teachers and students of the Confucius Institute and the local Chinese community gave wonderful performances filled with Chinese elements, including lion and dragon dance, folk dance, Chinese musical instrument performance, cheongsam fashion show, martial arts (tai chi) show, and traditional Chinese painting, which won bursts of applause and cheering.

The Chinese community performing Tai Chi Fan at the Lantern Festival celebration

Young performers from the Chinese community performing lantern dance

Brazilian youth performing lion dance

Wonderful dragon dance at the Lantern Festival celebration

At 7:30 p.m., hundreds of red lanterns were lit. Penicillin (CN), a Chinese band, gave a performance with the theme of “Warm Embrace with the World”. The energetic performance deeply affected the Chinese and Brazilian people who kept watching in the rain, driving the atmosphere of the event to a climax.

Penicillin (CN), a Chinese band, giving an energetic show

In an interview with the journalist, Wang Ting, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute, said that the Lantern Festival celebration held in the Ibilapuela Park aimed at exposing Brazilians to Chinese modern and contemporary pop culture. She observed that Penicillin was a high-quality post-90s idol band in China. Its members expressed in the songs their outlook on the whole world. The 2017 album, “Warm Embrace with the World”, was representative of the concern for and understanding of the world of the post-90s generation in China. Brazilians are very fond of music, so such kind of contemporary music can resonate with people of the two countries.

(Story by Gong Ruohan, Xinhua News Agency, Sao Paulo, February 18th; Photos by Gong Ruohan, Rahel Patrasso)

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