International Happiness Day Theme Lecture
On March 20th, local time, it was the seventh “International Day of Happiness” determined by the United Nations. The Southampton Chinese Association held a lecture on the theme of International Happiness Day at the center. The seminar speaker was a senior media person, Happiness class lecturer Ms. Hongbin.
On June 28, 2012, the 193 member states of the United Nations unanimously agreed to the UN General Assembly resolution 66/281, announcing March 20th as the International Day of Happiness. The meeting confirmed that happiness and well-being are universal goals and aspirations in human life throughout the world, and have practical significance. It is of great significance to recognize this in public policy goals. The resolution also invites all Member States, organizations of the United Nations system, international and regional organizations and civil society, including non-governmental organizations and individuals, to organize events for International Happiness Day in an appropriate manner, including educational and public awareness events.
This lecture started with “Are you happy?” Ms. Hongbin gave her first keynote speech in English. Andy did the translation using the Hong Kong dialect in a humorous way. Ms. Hongbin then introduced the significance of celebrating International Happiness Day, the relevant countries in the World Happiness Report, the ranking of the region, then, from a scientific point of view to explain the ways to enhance personal well-being, and combined with their own research examples to analyze the importance of personal happiness to themselves and others. The whole lecture was very simple and the atmosphere was lively.
On 17th February 2019, the Chinese Association of Southampton celebrated the Chinese Lantern Festival in partnership with the University of Southampton, Confucius Institute, Chinese Arts Southampton, Southampton City Council and the John Hansard Gallery.
此次活動由南安普敦大學副校長Winnie Eley發起，南安普敦華人協會 參加了太極拳、舞獅舞龍表演 以及 組織30餘人義工 維護現場秩序，確保了巡遊活動的順利進行。下午五時，一段飄逸瀟灑的太極扇將巡遊拉開序幕。緊接著，氣勢恢宏的舞龍舞獅表演為當地市民和遊客獻上了具有東方神韻的視覺盛宴。人在龍中舞，獅在空中飛，舞龍舞獅行進式巡遊表演，帶領著多彩斑斕的人群穿越市中心，巡遊一英里，喜慶的龍獅並舞期待豬年風調雨順，大吉大利。
The Chinese Association of Southampton provided 30+ stewards for the lantern parade, as well as performers for Taichi Fan, Dragon dance and Lion dance. The event started at 3pm, where families are welcome to make their own lanterns at the lantern-making workshop inside the John Hansard Gallery, in preparation for the lantern parade at 5pm. The parade was launched by Winnie Eley, Vice President (International) of Southampton University, at 5pm and was kick-started by a Taichi Fan performance. Then a Chinese ‘dragon’ led the one-mile parade through the city centre, while a Chinese ‘lion’ protected the crowd at the back of the parade. Our 30+ stewards help to control the crowd and to guild the crowd crossing various junctions. They have done a superb job.
The BCB Media created a wonderful short video at YouTube showcasing the highlights of the event.
我們的攝影師George Ping和其他志願者拍攝了大量優秀的活動圖片 放在南安普敦華人協會的Facebook頁面裡。
Our photographer George Ping and other volunteers have captured lots of excellent images of the event, which are available on the Chinese Association of Southampton Facebook page.
此次巡遊年味十足，熱鬧非凡，估計約有1400餘人聚集在南安普敦市中心。活動於下午3點開始，在約翰漢薩德畫廊畫廊內的燈籠製作工作室，很多家庭聚集在一起做起了燈籠，一個個精巧美觀的燈籠蘊含著他們無限的創意和對中國文化的傳承。當地新聞界廣泛報導，其中包括南安普敦大學新聞，ITV新聞，ITV社交媒體，That’s TV Solent 和 Daily Echo。
The event was highly successful with an estimate of 1400 participants. It was widely reported across local news, including Southampton University Sussed News, ITV news and ITV social media, That’s TV Solent, as well as the Daily Echo.
|Dr. Michael Ng
Chinese Association of Southampton
27th February 2019
多謝 洪彬姐 的中文解讀。
The Chinese Association of Southampton (CAS) and the Southampton University Confucius Institute (SUCI) have successfully celebrated another Chinese New Year at WestQuay Southampton on Sunday 3/2/2019.
First and foremost, CAS would like to express our appreciation to:
1. 南安普敦大學孔子學院聯合承辦，並提供豐富多彩的中國傳統文化工作坊 和兩位優雅的節目主持人。
Our co-organizer Southampton University Confucius Institute (SUCI) for their contributions, especially for the provision of various Chinese cultural workshops and the two attractive MCs.
Our host WestQuay Southampton for providing the venue.
Our sponsors, namely Yau Brothers & Company Ltd, Shanghai Bay Chinese Restaurant, Hai Yan Store, Shanghai 1814 Chinese Restaurant, New World Chinese Restaurant, Por Tin Chinese Restaurant, Garden Restaurant, Vibe by Feng Unisex Hair Studio, Szechuen Kitchen, Asian Supermarket, Oriental Supermarket, Oriental Chinese Takeaway, Imperial Garden Chinese Restaurant and Top Top Chinese Cuisine, as well as individual donors, for their financial support.
Our committee members and fundraisers.
5. 二十多位志願者全程參與了整個活動，包括我們的攝影師George Ping。
Our 20+ volunteers, including our cameraman George Ping, for their helps before, during and after the event.
Our 100+ performers from CAS, Waterside Lion Dance Club, Wutan Martial Arts School, Southampton Qipao & Culture Association, Dorset Chinese Art Society, Stax Band, Boyle O’Dowda Academy of Irish Dancers, Southampton Chinese School, Southampton University Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) and St. Mary Fire Station for providing various fantastic performances on stage.
7. Tim Hand Production為演出活動提供擴音系統。
Tim Hand Production for the PA system.
8. Matt Munday 為演出搭建了美輪美奐的舞台和背景。
Matt Munday for the backdrop frame and the stage.
9. BBC Radio Solent 和 Daily Echo 對本次活動進行跟踪報導。
BBC Radio Solent and Daily Echo for their coverage.
Our VIP guests for supporting and attending the event.
2019年是中國 黄帝紀年 的 4717年。中國新年慶祝在南安普敦的是個重要的社區節日，華社能夠與公眾和本地社區分享 中國文化和傳統。
According to the Chinese Huangdi year (黄帝紀年), which started at the beginning of the reign of the Yellow Emperor with year 1 at 2698 BC, the year 2019 is the year 4717 in the Chinese Huangdi calendar. The Chinese New Year celebration is a community festival for the Chinese community to share the Chinese cultures and traditions with the general public and local communities.
中国农历新年庆祝活动现场吸引了上千名观众驻足观看，台上节目异彩纷呈，工作坊展台前的笔墨纸砚及剪纸吸引观众跃跃欲试，现场洋溢着浓浓的中国节日气氛。南安普敦華人協會主席，孔子學院院長，南安普敦市長 和 漢普郡警察和犯罪專員 分別緻辭並獻上新春的美好祝愿。
Thousand of people have watched the performances on stage and participated in the workshops at the open the floor. The celebration was officially opened with welcome speeches from the chairperson of CAS, the Director of SUCI, the Mayor of Southampton as well as the Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner.
The Chinese New Year celebration started off with an exciting traditional Chinese lion dance by the Waterside Lion Dance Club followed by the festive Chinese New Year songs sung by the members of CAS.
Chinese dragon dance and kungfu display by Wutan Martial Arts School, are the next delightful performance.
The Dorset Chinese Art Society brought to us colorful Chinese Traditional Dances.
A Taichi Fan display was given by CAS, a bamboo flute was played by SUCI, while Chinese folk songs in English were sung by St. Mary Fire Station and the audience.
The Southampton Qipao & Culture Association (SQCA) gave a beautiful Qipao dance with traditional Guzeng instrument, while the youth of CAS and SQCA sang a pop song with modern instrument.
Some nice Chinese songs were sung by the Southampton Chinese School as well as by the Southampton University Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA), while a Taichi sequence was performed by Wutan Martial Arts School.
南安普敦波蘭樂團 和 愛爾蘭舞蹈學院 的 表演节目 令观众耳目一新。
We have also enjoyed a cultural band performance by the Stax Band as well as an Irish river dance by the Boyle O’Dowda Academy of Irish Dancers.
Our two attractive MCs have won the hearts of our audience. Cultural experience activities such as the calligraphy and paper-cutting attract endless participants.
The photographer used the lens to record some wonderful moments on-stage and behind the scenes. After the event, performers and volunteer workers took a group photo.
Thank you for your continual support to CAS. I wish you all a prosperous Year of the Earth Pig.
|Dr. Michael Ng
Chinese Association of Southampton
26th February 2019
多謝 洪彬姐 的中文解讀。
The Chinese Association of Southampton (CAS) is organizing another Chinese New Year celebration at WestQuay Southampton on Sunday 3rd February 2019 from 11am.
Thanks to our partners, the Southampton University Confucius Institute (SUCI) and WestQuay Southampton, and to our supporters from local communities and businesses as well as to you for your previous participations.
This year we bring to you another exciting programme, including authentic Chinese Lion dance by the Waterside Lion Dance club, traditional Chinese dances and musics by local Chinese art societies, Taichi and Kungfu performance by Wutan Kungfu school, traditional Chinese New Year songs by local Chinese, Children song from Southampton Chinese School as well as a range of interesting Chinese workshops from the Confucius Institute for you to take part. To add to the excitement, we will also have some surprise performances by other local communities.
Check out our previous celebrations from our photo albums below if you have not attended our Chinese New Year celebrations before:
We will also have two other big events in February 2019.
On Friday 15th of February, the “Chinese National Dress (Qipao) Show and Contest” will be held at Solent University (Spark Building) from 5pm to 10pm.
On Sunday 17th of February, a Lantern Parade will start from the John Hansard Gallery (JHG) at Guildhall Square through the Bargate and surrounding area. The parade will be headed by a Chinese ‘dragon’ and followed by a Chinese ‘lion’.
More details will be available at our website soon.
Do mark these dates in your calendar and see you soon.