Students from around the world share their traditions at an international festival in Beijing

The Peking University International Culture Festival is held in Beijing on November 6 with a total of 48 booths from 37 countries and regions on five continents showcasing their cultures. Photo: Courtesy of Peking University

An international cultural festival captured the public’s attention with its colorful and abundant stalls showcasing products and food from around the world on a sunny autumn Sunday inside Peking University (PKU).

Organized by PKU and attended by such institutes as the Center for Language Education and Cooperation (CLEC), General Administration of Sports of China and Renmin University of China, the University International Culture Festival Beijing 2022 saw students from dozens of countries sharing their culture and traditions with one another.

“Our university is committed to building an international, diverse, and integrated campus, and that is why we held this festival today,” PKU Vice President Wang Bo said during the meeting. the opening ceremony.

“The Peking University International Culture Festival has been in existence for 19 years and has become a cultural event with broad social influence that is deeply appreciated by teachers and students,” he said, adding that the theme of this edition is “Shared World, Shared Dreams”. , shared future.”

After a short ceremony, a theme party was launched with a total of 48 booths from 37 countries and regions on five continents displaying various national costumes, traditional musical instruments, handicrafts and special specialties from around the world.

Students from various countries perform at the opening ceremony of the Peking University International Cultural Festival in Beijing on November 6.  Photo: Courtesy of Zhao Mengqiu

Students from various countries perform wushu on stage at the opening ceremony of the Peking University International Culture Festival in Beijing on November 6. Photo: Courtesy of Peking University

Among the dazzling booths, international students from all over the world shared stories from their hometowns as well as their experiences and knowledge.

“Over the past 19 years, the festival has always been open-minded and inclusive in promoting exchanges and mutual integration of different civilizations,” CLEC director Ma Jianfei said during the festival.

“It acts as an important link to promote mutual understanding and affection between people and especially young people from various countries. I hope young people at home and abroad will fully show their attitude to strengthen exchanges and cooperation between China and other countries and at the same time contribute to building a human community with a shared destiny,” Ma added.

“After so many years of studying at PKU here in China, I felt the breadth and depth of traditional Chinese culture and learned more that the civilizations created by human beings should be diverse,” said Amangeldiyev Sapargeldi, a student from Turkmenistan.

In addition to the cultural festival, a series of cultural events will take place throughout November, including a singing competition, a food festival and film screenings to promote diversified exchanges of international cultures through music, gastronomy and art.

As an annual event at PKU, the International Cultural Festival showcased the rich cultures and international views of students. Since its inception in 2004, the festival has adhered to the tradition of inclusivity and freedom of thought.

“As an athlete, I have traveled to many parts of the world to compete, but I regret that I never had a deep understanding of the customs and cultures of the countries I traveled to. [festival] is a kaleidoscope, and the splendor of the world is there, making it an exciting cultural feast,” retired Chinese table tennis world champion Ding Ning said at the festival.

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Darcy J. Skinner