Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Art of Double Happiness

There are many traditions involved with celebrating the Lunar Chinese New Year. During her stay at CVU this past month, Visiting Scholar TaoYe from China shared with the high school students the practice of making paper cutting decorations for the New Year.  While paper-cutting may sound like an easy task, the activity involves an understanding of Chinese calligraphy, patience, and a fair bit of skill. Visiting Scholar comments on the activity below:

“The CVU students are amazing, after they learned how to  build up Chinese characters with different strokes, they drew these difficult Chinese symbols, and then cut them down, glue them on a piece of colorful paper, they took these paper- cutting home and decorated room for Chinese New Year.”

The Chinese characters the students learned how to write included “Spring”, “Double Happiness”, and “Good luck”, all important words to know if one wants to celebrate the Chinese New Year well!

Check out the pictures below to see Visiting Scholar Tao Ye and the students sharing a great cultural tradition!

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