The exhibition dedicated to Chinese culture and traditions was held on June 5 at the Belarusian-Russian University. It was an exciting and interesting event for Belarusian and foreign students. On that day, Wang Aizhu, a volunteer from Harbin, gave certificates to the students who successfully completed Chinese language courses.
At the exhibition, the students learned about Chinese culture and traditions: they attended a masterclass on the art of paper cutting or Jianzhi, on Chinese knotting and solving Chinese puzzles.
Paper cutting is one of the most popular forms of folk art in China. Nowadays, paper cuts are used mainly for interior decoration.
Chinese characters are a very common theme in Jiangzhi. It may seem that it is impossible to learn to cut such intricate patterns. But there is one little secret: each pattern is a combination of only five basic figures. Writing Chinese characters was much more difficult. It was interesting for the students to find out meanings of certain hieroglyphs. They tried to write their names in hieroglyphs with a brush (of course, with the help of volunteers).
Besides, the students attempted to solve Chinese puzzles. Seven-piece tangram is a puzzle consisting of 7 flat shapes which are put together to form more complex shapes so as to create a given composition. The game “Five in a row” aroused a lot of interest among the students and teachers.
Female students learned to tie Chinese knots. The knots are made using silk cord. The most commonly used color is red, because this color symbolizes good luck and prosperity.
The time allotted for the event passed very quickly. The exhibition and the masterclass have brought together students from different countries.