Happy Lantern Festival!
Today, the 15th day of the 1st lunar month, lanterns of various shapes and sizes are hung in the streets.
The traditional activities is riddle guessing [猜灯谜 Cāi dēngmí ], and eat rice ball [Yuánxiāo元宵 or tāngyuán汤圆].
Nexus Globe attended an event yesterday and met many people who are interested in working in China.
We prepared rice balls for the event, which those attendees loved them and asked will we prepare more for the next event.
There were non Chinese spoke fluent Chinese and how did they achieved that?
Here are their suggestions:
- Liking the history and culture.
- By having a group of friends who can practice Chinese and learn together.
- A language exchange work shop host by London Confusion Institution is a good place to try.
- Listening Chinese music or watching dramas can be a extra help.
Most interesting thing is that people who have been to China wish to go there again. However, people who haven’t been there tend to have more worries, what if I can’t adapt the food? I can only speak a little Chinese. How can I survive in a different culture and environment?
It was a great event that we have met new friends, shared experience.
If you are looking for more events to celebrate Lantern Festival, here is one in London.
Time: 19th Jan. – 26th Feb.
Place: Chiswick House and Gardens, W4 2QN
Enjoy your weekend!