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2008.0319

Indian, Macau and Hong Kong Students Catch Everybody's Eyes during the International Culture Fair

<p><font face="Arial">By Joanna Tung<br /> Campus Reporter</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">Indian, Macau and Hong Kong students were highlighted on the third day of the International Culture Fair, held by the Office of International Affairs, today.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">A group of Indian students took advantage of color ashes to come up with &ldquo;Rangoli patterns&rdquo; to greet the guests while Cantonese-speaking students from Macau and Hong Kong sang Cantonese songs with their high school uniforms on.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">Sonia Karnan (楊珊妮), a Taiwanese-Indian and now an English major student, said that in India, &ldquo;Rangoli&rdquo; would be drawn on the floor at the entrance to welcome guests to the house.&nbsp; The ashes came from rice grains, flour, sand or chalk and the &ldquo;Rangoli&rdquo; was usually drawn on rough ground due to a concern that ashes might be flown away if windy.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">&quot;The &lsquo;Rangoli patterns&rsquo; would be used to welcome guests.&nbsp; It is similar to the floor mat that we would use at the front door,&rdquo; Karnan said.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">At the scene, while his fellow Macau and Hong Kong students were singing Cantonese songs with their high school uniforms on, Lo Sai-wai (羅世威), a junior from the Department of Physical Education, did his Kung Fu show instead.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">Lo said that he began to learn Kung Fu since fifth grade.&nbsp; He said that Kung Fu practicing helped make his heart and lungs stronger.&nbsp; It also helped him play soccer, his major, better.</font></p>