Lexington, Kentucky, known as the horse capital of the world, this year celebrated the Year of the horse. The Confucius Institute at the University of Kentucky brought several cultural activities to the local community and schools to mark this occasion. Starting from Jan 25th, these engaging activities have been well-received by students, teachers, and community members alike.
Before the arrival of the Spring Festival holiday, the UKCI Chinese teachers introduced its history and origins to their classrooms and those of many local K-12 schools. They also brought some tasty Jiaozi(dumplings) for students to try. During the celebrations, they brought traditional activities such as Martial Arts, Calligraphy, Tea Ceremony and Paper Cutting to Woodford, Fayette and Breathitt County schools.
The CI teachers received a warm welcome wherever they went. There were exclamations of, “Cool!” and “I like it!”. One teacher at Northside elementary remarked, “Chinese Martial Arts are so interesting”. One student who received a calligraphy piece said he would hang it on his wall. Another girl heard the Guzheng performance and asked her teacher for a Guzheng for their school.
Due to the outstanding reception of these programs from Kentucky schools, UKCI plans to bring further holiday celebrations to more K-12 schools. Up to 2,000 students will be exposed to Chinese traditional culture thanks to UKCI.