2014 is the 10th anniversary of Confucius Institute. On September 27, the launching ceremony of the first global "Confucius Institute day" was held in Beijing. Nearly 1200 Confucius Institutes and Confucius Classrooms in 123 countries and regions around the world simultaneously held various Chinese language and culture experience activities, such as Chinese teaching open class, Chinese teaching material exhibition, Chinese culture lecture, student art show, etc., totaling more than 3000.
The official logo of the Confucius Institute Day is made up of three elements: the shape of a gate, the numbers indicating years, and the words “Confucius Institute Day” in Chinese and English. Chinese Red, which in China implies a strong sense of intellect is used as the theme color of the logo and, together with black Chinese calligraphy and English printing style text, it gives the whole design great impact and gravitas, without losing the sense of a celebration. The gate shape design portrays the Confucius Institute as an open door that brings the outside world to China and leads China out into the world. It symbolizes personal and cultural communication between China and the world. The number “2004-2014” shows the period of great development of the Confucius Institute over the past ten years. The red door frame suggests the letters “C” and “I”, the initials of “Confucius Institute” as well as the shape of the Arabic number “10” to symbolize the time from the establishment of the Confucius Institute.The 5 Chinese characters in thick ink were written by the most famous Chinese contemporary master calligrapher Ouyang Zhongshi, and they add a sense of vitality to the whole design.