Beautiful China, Picturesque Zhejiang. An exhibition on the occasion of Chinese Language Day
Date: 19 April -
28 April 2017
Location: Salle des pas perdus
patron: Permanent Mission of the People's Republic of China
This event takes place at the Palais des Nations, Salle des pas perdus; Entry: Pregny Gate; Access: Door 14.
Opening on 19 April 2017 at 12:30.
All attendees who do not hold a UN ground badge are kindly requested to register at firstname.lastname@example.org before 14 April 2017.
About the event:
1. Exhibition of photographs and artworks.
2. Live demonstration of Chinese craftsmanship, including calligraphy, tea ceremony and fan-making.
About Chinese Language Day:
Language Days at the UN seek to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity as well as to promote equal use of all six official languages throughout the Organization. The dates for the Language Days were selected by the Department of Public Information for their symbolic or historic significance in connection with each language.
The date for the Chinese day was selected from Guyu ("Rain of Millet"), which is the 6th of 24 solar terms in the traditional East Asian calendars, to pay tribute to Cangjie.
Cangjie is a very important figure in ancient China, claimed to be an official historian of the Yellow Emperor and the inventor of Chinese characters. Legend has it that he had four eyes and four pupils, and that when he invented the characters, the deities and ghosts cried and the sky rained millet. From then on, Chinese people celebrate the day Guyu in honour of Cangjie. In the Gregorian calendar, it usually begins around April 20.