A symbol is chosen
More than 700 designers, cultural researchers, officials, overseas visitors and journalists gathered at the Great Hall of the People on Wednesday to witness the unveiling of the newly designated Spring Festival Symbol — a Chinese knot inthe shape of the character chun, meaning spring, embedded with another character, fu, meaning blessing.
The design was selected from among 17,357 works submitted by designers domestically and abroad.
The effort, undertaken in January 2014 by several groups — China InternationalCulturalExchangeAssociation, Association for Yan Huang Culture of China, Eastern China Cultural Heritage Protection Center and a collection of Chinese radio, film, television and newspaper media — encouraged designers to submit ideas for a Spring Festival symbol.
Two college students from Capital Normal University came out ontop.Oneof them, Song Shan, was thrilled that her work had been selected. “The activity allowed me to learn more aboutChinese traditional culture,” she said, adding that more youths should pay more attention to it. Li Dongxue, the other winner, was also happy to be recognized.
“Some senior designers and folklore researchers helped us polish the design, making it more Chinesestylish and appealing,” Li said.
Zhang Ming, a Chinese designer from Finland, was the first to submit a design. “Every Chinese person who lives overseas has a trigger to be moved by their motherland,” Zhang said.