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Lingnan’s local and non-local students celebrated Spring Festival 2014 together on 12 February, enabling international students to experience traditional Chinese culture.
The cultural carnival “Lantern Legend”, co-organised by Student Services Centre and the Office of Mainland and International Programmes, was kicked off by President Leonard K Cheng and the University’s senior management. President Cheng was most delighted to join the carnival as a new member of the Lingnan family because Lunar New Year is the most important traditional festival for the Chinese people. In his opening speech, President Cheng remarked that the participating groups had showcased the ethos of Lingnan liberal arts education: “An open heart to embrace different cultures and a common concern for the community.” He also wished all participants a very special, happy Valentine’s Day, noticing that it takes many years for the Chinese Valentine’s Day to coincide with the Western one.
This year, 19 booths were set up by student societies and non-governmental organisations at the Wing On Plaza, selling traditional food and goods as well as handicrafts such as pinwheel and Chinese style accessories. An array of cultural performances including naamyam and Er-hu, Chinese operatic and Western vocal singing, Indian dance, mass dance and band show were shown. Jason Leung, who was seriously injured in the Manila bus hostage incident, was invited to join our students in a band performance.