April 20th marks the Chinese solar term Grain Rain and is also the 14th UN Chinese Language Day. Many countries held a variety of events such as Chinese traditional culture exhibitions, art and cultural performances, and Chinese Bridge Chinese proficiency competitions to celebrate this special day.
An exhibition named Paintings of the Song Dynasty (960-1279) from the Great Collection of Chinese Paintings was hosted at the Palais des Nations in Geneva to mark the UN Chinese Language Day. Tatiana Valovaya, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva, and Ambassador Chen Xu, Permanent Representative of China to the United Nations Office at Geneva, permanent representatives of other countries and heads of international organizations attended the event. On the same day, the Chinese Embassy in Switzerland held celebrations in Bern. The Confucius Institute at the University of Geneva and many Chinese language schools and university associations in Lausanne, Zurich, Fribourg, and other cities also organized a series of celebratory events, which will continue until early May.
Confucius Institutes in Thailand organized many celebratory activities both online and offline, among which the cultural lecture titled "Love in 13th Century Chinese Drama" held by the Confucius Institute at Chulalongkorn University attracted many Chinese culture fans. Other local Confucius Institutes and Confucius Classrooms held online exchange meetings for Chinese language lovers and organized joint celebratory activities together with Confucius Institutes in many other countries.
On April 19th, the Confucius Institute at Kyrgyz National University organized a Chinese traditional culture exhibition at the State History Museum in the capital city of Bishkek. Nearly 500 representatives from Kyrgyzstan's education, culture and other sectors experienced traditional Chinese culture up close, including traditional Chinese medicine, calligraphy, and Taijiquan. At the event, audiences followed the coaches' demonstration and teaching from the local Taijiquan Association and practiced on-site. Visitors also experienced traditional Chinese medicine techniques such as acupuncture, manipulation, and scraping.
A Chinese Bridge competition for high school and college students was held on April 19th where performers dressed in Tang suits recited Saying Good-bye to Cambridge Again, while others dressed in blue-and-white porcelain cheongsams danced to the song Grain in Ear with circular fans. The competition was jointly hosted by the Chinese Embassy in Namibia and the Confucius Institute at the University of Namibia to celebrate the UN Chinese Language Day, attracting hundreds of teachers and students from six local high schools and the University of Namibia to participate.
At the Dragutin Tadijanović Primary School on the outskirts of the Croatian capital Zagreb, the Chinese Embassy in Croatia and the Confucius Institute at the University of Zagreb celebrated the UN Chinese Language Day on April 18th. Teachers from the Confucius Institute prepared various hands-on activities of Chinese calligraphy, paper cutting, and tea ceremony, as well as art and cultural performances such as lion dance, pipa and guzheng playing, and Taiji fan performance, bringing a feast to participating audiences.