Today, Sept. 28, marks the birthday of Confucius, a renowned philosopher and educator in Chinese culture. For the Chinese holiday known as Confucius Day, the Chinese Department hosted a celebration today from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Auditorium.
Confucius, born 551 B.C., is one of the most influential figures in Chinese history. His principles had a direct impact on Chinese culture and influenced history. Confucius’ teachings gave way to many Chinese practices, such as ancestor worship and filial piety.
In order to properly celebrate his achievements and ideologies, students were treated to a presentation hosted by the University of South Florida Confucius Institute. Many presenters and performers from USF came to take part in the event. “Usually we go to USF for the celebration, but this time the group came here, and more Pine View students were able to attend,” Chinese teacher Kitty Wang said. Wang helped coordinate the event at Pine View, and strongly encouraged all Chinese students to attend, taking her own classes to participate.
At the event, presenters wore elaborate costumes reflective of the Chinese culture. Some donned traditional Chinese face paint, common in Chinese opera. Classical musicians also played instruments that the students were able to interact with. Kung Fu performers led demonstratio
ns as students followed along, attempting to mimic them. Food, including various packaged Chinese snacks, were also handed out to all the students who attended. After 12:00 p.m., students went to the multipurpose room for Chinese food provided by Taste of Hong Kong, a local Chinese restaurant.
While the celebration is held annually at USF, this is the first time it took place at Pine View. “I thought it was really interesting. It was cool seeing the martial arts and hear the classical music,” tenth-grader Winnie Lu said.
Photos by MELISSA SANTOYO