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Children Introduced to the Chinese Culture through a Series of Workshops

In honour of the International Chinese Language Day and the Dragon Boat Festival, the

Confucius Institute of the University of Banja Luka organized a series of workshops for primary school children in the second quarter of this year, where they learned about Chinese traditional culture.

In marking one of the most important Chinese holidays, the Dragon Boat Festival, on 13 June

2023, on its Dao terrace, the Confucius Institute organized a class of Chinese culture and a

workshop of Chinese calligraphy and paper dragons for the pupils of Georgi Stojkov Rakovski

Primary School in Banja Luka.

The Dragon Boat Festival is celebrated every year on the fifth day of the fifth month according

to the lunar calendar. According to traditional Chinese beliefs, this is the period of transition

from spring to summer, the period of the battle of yin and yang, and that is why the customs that accompany this festival (such as the dragon boat race) are associated with achieving physical fitness, but also complete calmness of body and mind.

At the end of that month, a lesson on Chinese cuisine and the symbolism of food in Chinese

society was organized for the pupils of the Nikola TeslaPrimary School in Banja Luka, after

which they could taste jiaozi and spring rolls using Chinese chopsticks.

In honour of the International Chinese Language Day, which was marked on April 20, the

Confucius Institute hosted children from Day Care Classroom and organized Chinese

calligraphy and papercut workshops.

The United Nations celebrates the International Chinese Language Day on April 20. Since 1946, the Chinese language has been one of the official languages of the UN, and since 1973 it hasbeen one of the working languages of this organization. The Chinese language is the oldestwritten language in the world, and the creator of the original Chinese script is believed to be Cang Jie (Cang Jie 仓颉).


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