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NNU Intangible Cultural Heritage Week

On June 9th, the closing ceremony of NNU Intangible Cultural Heritage Week and the opening ceremony of the Overseas Exhibition and Performance of China’s Folk Festival Art was held in NNU. The vice president Xiaojin Zhu attended the event and delivered speeches. More than ten provincial and municipal inheritors of intangible cultural heritages carried out on-site interactive teaching.
Hongjun Zhu, expert of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Research Base in Jiangsu Province and deputy director of the Office of Educational Administration delivered a speech and introduced the series of activities NNU has launched before the twelfth National Intangible Cultural Heritage Day.
This event began with the performance of “Strings go with tea art” jointly made by NNU tea art team and Yaxi Li, NNU’s outstanding alumnus and fourth generation descendant of Chinese zither Meian sect. At the coming-of-age ceremony, Huanqi Qian was invited as a representative to introduce the meaning of capping ceremony (for boys) and hair-pinning ceremony (for girls). The Traditional Ritual Team and the members of the History and Culture Society of Nanjing College of Information Technology presented the whole process of the ancient rites including dressing, kowtow to Confucius and cleaning etc. Nongjian Zou, Juxiang Hua and Li Bai held the capping and hair-pinning ceremony for the boys and girls.
As for the young people, the traditional ceremony symbolizes the transition of roles and responsibilities and declared being grown-up. As an unforgettable adulthood ceremony, the capping and hair-pinning ceremony unfolded before the audience the charm of Chinese nation's excellent traditional culture. On the occasion of the 115th anniversary of our school, the graduates-to-be offered their handmade traditional paper-cuts, Qinhuai lanterns and fans as special gifts for their Alma Mater wishing NNU a better tomorrow. Fanglin Zhang, a national master and inheritor of paper-cutting intangible cultural heritage, made an elaborate paper-cut featuring NNU style to express his blessings for NNU’s anniversary. The ancient and stately dance “Etiquette of the State” drew the activity to a successful end.
Xiaojin Zhu thought highly of this activity and expressed his thanks for the departments and units who care about and support for the protection and research work of the intangible cultural heritage in NNU, the inheritors of the intangible cultural heritage and the teachers and students.
“The hot discussion of the intangible cultural heritage in the society in recent years reflects the society’s recognition and pursuit of the intangible cultural heritage and people’s awakening and pride of carrying forward and inheriting our excellent traditional culture.” Xiaojin Zhu said.
“As for the students of NNU, you should strive to shoulder the responsibilities of protecting the cultural heritage through continuous learning and practice.” Xiaojin Zhu added.
The series of activities spanned two weeks at the beginning of May 25. During the period,  the provincial and municipal inheritors of intangible cultural heritages were invited to teach students how to make fans and paper-cuttings; “Time & Ingenuity” Excellent Alumni Forum was held; The 2017 summer special research event on intangible cultural heritages was started to guide students on multi-type of research.