2021 Lantern Festival Poetry Event


2021 UBC Lantern Festival Poetry Night
February 26-April 9
Canvas Online Platform



Marking the end of the Spring Festival celebration, the Lantern Festival officially kicks off a lunar new year of harvest and good fortunes. Lanterns lit, firecrackers being set off, laughter in the air as people gather together to eat sweet rice dumplings while solving lantern riddles – the Lantern Festival is always filled with sound and light.

The Lantern Festival Poetry Night is an annual event held by the UBC Chinese Language Program in the Department of Asian Studies to celebrate the Lantern Festival in a traditional yet entertaining manner. In Chinese culture, this festival marks the final day of the traditional Chinese New Year celebrations and signals the start of work in the new year.  The 2021 UBC Lantern Poetry Night will be held on Canvas from Friday, February 26, to Friday, April 9.  It will include a diverse collection of Lantern Festival-themed artwork (photography, calligraphy, paintings, original poetry, and videos) created by students from 450+ level Chinese courses, for public viewing and enjoyment. To promote intercultural communication and exchange, we are pleased to invite our guest speakers from the Department of Asian Studies to perform poetry recitals in multiple languages.

During the poetry event, you will meet friends of old and new, marvel at the kaleidoscope of student talents, feel the palpitating brilliance of classical culture, and much more. The sound of poetry and music, along with the sights of paintings and performances, will altogether orchestrate a once-in-a-lifetime celebration of the Lantern Festival. This year’s Poetry Night will also include the exciting game of guessing lantern riddles. So, stay tuned and get ready for even more fun!

Event Activities

🏮 Featured guest poetry demonstration in multiple Asian languages

🏮Multi-media exhibition of student talents (calligraphy/photography/painting/performance)

🏮 Student poem recital, both classical & modern

🏮 Student poem composition, both classical & modern

🏮 Solving lantern riddles to win prizes; and much, much more!

👇 Click on each picture down below to see more event activities



🎉 Award Announcement 🎉

📢 UBC Lantern Festival Poetry Event Award Recipients 

🎉🎉 Thank you so much for all the participants!

🎉🎉 Congratulations to all the Award Recipients!

Calligraphy and Painting Photography
🥇 Yifan Wang 🥇 Jiamei Han
🥈 Ruoxi Xu 🥈 Jiaqi Han
🥉 Haoting Yu   🥉 Meiling Zhong
  🥉 Maggie Deng
Original Poems  Original Videos 
🥇 Manning Li 🥇 Quintus Huang
🥈Chenxi Zhao 🥈 Bingzong Liu
🥉Atian Suen Guo 🥉 Peisheng Li
 Poetry Recital  Singing, Dancing, Musical Instrument Performance and more
🥇 Sylvia Wang 🥇 Melinda Cui
🥈 Chenxi Meng 🥈 Winifred Peng
🥉 Fengting Yan 🥉 Rebecca Zhang
Solving Poetry Lantern Riddle to Win Prizes
🥇 Zhuoran Feng
🥈 XueYuan Li
🥉 Daisy Di


㊟ Following the direction from the BC Provincial Government regarding response to Covid-19, the Committee cannot hold an award ceremony for the time being. The Committee will keep your award until it is safe for you to receive it in person. Please stay tuned for further details.

Chia-ying Yeh and Minsheng Scholarship Showcase

Back home in Beijing, on December 19, 2020, third-year UBC student Yuxin Guo (郭雨昕) received a pleasant surprise: she was one of 15 winners of the Excellence Award  (优秀奖) for the Chia-ying Yeh and Minsheng Scholarship (叶嘉莹民生奖学金). Among the 15 winners,  Yuxin is ​the only student ​who hails from a North American university. The scholarship was initiated in 2019 by UBC Professor Emerita Chia-ying Yeh, who is now the founding director of the Institute of Chinese Classical Culture at Nankai University. Professor Emerita Chia-ying Yeh aims to foster curiosity in young talents to study traditional Chinese culture and Chinese classical poetry.

Please check out the UBC Chinese Language Program website to read more about Yuxin’s inspiring story and her scholarship application journey.

Click here to learn more about the personal story of PROFESSOR CHIAYING YEH and how she fell in love with the beauty of Chinese classical literature. Click here to learn more about the brand-new feature documentary about Professor CHIAYING YEH .



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