A sym­bol is cho­sen

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By LU­OWANG­SHU lu­owang­shu@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

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.

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