Roughly corresponding with April 20, ‘Guyu’ is the sixth solar term according to the traditional Chinese calendar, it is also the time of year that Chinese people would traditionally venerate the mythical figure of Cangjie. According to Chinese legend Cangjie is the creator of the Chinese language and accordingly the time of year for his veneration is also the date the United Nations has selected as it’s Chinese Language Day. Celebrated from 2010 onwards, UN Chinese Language Day was created to celebrate multilingualism and to promote promote equal use of all six of the UN’s official working languages throughout the organisation.
This year the Confucius Institute at the University of Adelaide, marked this occasion with our own celebration. Much like the UN, we used the occasion to promote Chinese language study at the University of Adelaide and encourage non-language students to learn something more about China and the Chinese Language.
Present at the event were the Assistant Minister to the Premier and member of the Legislative Council Jing Lee, Pro-Vice Chancellor (International) of the University of Adelaide, Prof. Nancy Cromar, as well as the Dean of Arts Jennie Shaw and Head of the School of Social Sciences Susan Oakley.
A wide range of activities were available to see and do on the day including Chinese calligraphy, Taichi and Chinese music demonstrations, and a chance to try some Chinese snacks. We hope to run the same event again next year so hope to see you there!