Happy Mid-Autumn Festival 2020
October 1st marks the start of 中秋节(Zhōng qiū jié) or known as the Mid-Autumn festival. The Festival is held on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese lunar calendar, the one night of the year when the moon is at its fullest and brightest. In the past, people would gather in courtyards to celebrate the harvest and make offerings to the moon. Today, people gather with friends and family to enjoy the view of the moon together.
Mid-Autumn Festival 2020 Inquiring into the origins of the festival

中秋节 is both a centuries-old Chinese holiday and an important one in modern Chinese culture. The inclusion of cross-cultural learning experiences is an important aspect of our taught curriculum. Beginning last week, our Chinese Language acquisition team delivered creative cultural activities for our students to take part in, understand, and celebrate this exciting holiday.

Early Years – Chinese Exploration Activities

Early years students celebrated the Mid-Autumn Festival with a full day of exploration activities. They first inquired about the origin of the festival, learning all about its history and the custom of worshipping the moon, through songs, dance, and poetry.

Students inquired into the shape of the moon through literature and observing moon cake designs. They then had the chance to make their own mooncakes using molds and playdough. Other activities included lantern-making, archery, and poetry reciting.

Lower School – Inquiring into the origins of the Mid-Autumn Festival

In their Chinese Culture lessons, lower school students learned about the origin, customs, and meaning of the festival. Grades 1 students created some imaginative artwork, while grades 2 & 3 tried their hands at making traditional Chinese fans. Grades four & five also participated by creating wonderful bookmarks to use in their future readings.

Upper School – Exploring Chinese cultural traditions

In the upper school, mandarin classes have been focused on learning about the history of the festival. Students had opportunities to explore the cultural traditions of our host nation through poetry, paintbrush calligraphy, as well as making colorful decorations and greeting cards.

We wish you a happy and safe break and we’ll see you on campus in a week’s time.

中秋节快乐!Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!

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