On February 8, during the Lantern Festival of the year of the rat, Varna celebrated the Chinese New Year in Grand mall Varna. The event was hosted by the Confucius Institute of the University of Veliko Turnovo. There were more than 300 local students and citizens participating in the event.
Iskra Mandova and Dong Yuanxing, directors of the Confucius Institute at UVT introduced the traditional customs of the Chinese Lantern Festival in their speeches and expressed greetings to the Bulgarian people and the local Chinese and overseas Chinese.
Students from the two schools for foreign languages in Varna "Frederic Joliot-Curie" and “Yoan Exarch” performed the Chinese song "Happy New Year", which kicked off the celebration. The students were enthusiastic and full of joy.
Varna's Shen Long martial arts troupe has brought martial arts performances such as Taiji and Wing Chun. The performers were as quiet as tigers, swift as dragons, slow as clouds, as fast as lightning. Their steady and unrestrained Chinese Kungfu drew cheers from the audience.
The Chinese volunteer teachers from the Confucius Institute also came on stage to perform. Chinese instrumental music on Hulusi and Ocarina and the performance of Beijing Opera let the Bulgarian people enjoy the beauty of the different Chinese art styles.
The following cultural experience activities included calligraphy, traditional Chinese painting, tea ceremony, traditional Chinese clothes show, and others. A Bulgarian mother and son came to the calligraphy booth to ask Chinese teachers volunteers to teach them to write "Go Wuhan" to express their support for the Chinese people to conquer the new Chinese coronavirus. Through tea tasting, calligraphy, Chinese painting, and Chinese costumes the citizens have witnessed and experienced the completely different elements of Chinese culture.
At the end of the activity, the audience praised the extensive and profound Chinese culture and rushed to take photos with Chinese teachers and volunteers. The successful holding of this event opened a window for Varna's citizens to understand the Chinese language and culture. Several local media reported on the event.