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25 January 2009

Lunar New Year in Tomsk

On January 25th in dormitory 19, the students, employees of Institute for International Education and Language Communication and invited guests greeted a new spring and the master of the New Year – the Ox. Students from China and Vietnam prepared an exciting New Year’s program for their guests; a great festal concert, presentations, and food which is usually prepared at this time of year.

At the threshold of the feast, students decorated the International Students’ Center. Multicolored balloons divided the stage from the auditorium; the symbol of the upcoming spring, a peach tree, decorated the wall and red lanterns hung down from the ceiling. Spectators found themselves in an atmosphere of coziness and friendship.

On the third floor of the dormitory, guests had a chance to become acquainted with Chinese culture. They learned how to write their names in Chinese and how to make green and black tea in the proper manner.

Having tasted savory fare, guests could try on Chinese traditional style dresses and take a picture having bright “coat and skirt” on. This photo session became a very popular and joyful part of the feast.

On the fourth floor there were tables with traditional Chinese dishes: roasted sweet peanuts, fish, shrimp, chicken roasted (even if it sounds unbelievable!) in Coca Cola, soup with wood mushrooms, fruit salad, and many other striking Chinese delicacies.

Guests had to visit the ninth floor to taste traditional dishes of Vietnamese cuisine. Beloved by everyone, there were small rice pancakes and large king shrimps surrounded by beautiful tomatoes and lettuce.

Separately, one must mention a Vietnamese dish with deep philosophical significance, reflected in a long name translated into Russian as “difficult fate of the Vietnamese beauty”.

In the course of the event, Tatiana S. Petrovskaya, Director of the Institute for International Education and Language Communication, presented to the residents of the dormitory a beautiful flower, with the exotic name “Kafir lily”, which will warm the souls of students for a long time.

The Institute for International Education and Language Communication would like to thank everyone who prepared and participated in such a stunning event! Happy New Year!


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