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The Mid-Autumn Festival

Mid-Autum Festival 0708by Mrs. Jessie Y. Ang, Assistant for Chinese Administrative Matters

One of the most important holidays in the Chinese calendar is the Mid-Autumn Festival or the Moon Cake Festival. It is a popular Asian celebration of abundance and togetherness, dating back over 3,000 years to China’s Zhou Dynasty. This year the Mid-Autumn Festival falls on September 25, 2007, the 15th day of the 8th lunar month of the Chinese calendar. This is the ideal time, when the moon is at its fullest and brightest, to celebrate the abundance of the summer’s harvest. Traditionally, on this day, Chinese family members and friends gather to admire the bright Mid-autumn harvest moon, and eat moon cakes and pomelos.

Mid-Autum Festival 0708Here in Xavier School, we may not have the opportunity to admire the bright moon together as a community but we have our own way of celebrating the festival. From September 20 to September 27, 2007, the teachers have prepared different kinds of activities for the students to appreciate and enjoy this particular Chinese tradition. The Nursery and Prep students were introduced to the story about one of the myths of the festival. The young boys enjoyed making rabbit headdresses and simple lanterns. They also had mooncake or hopia eating in the classroom.

 

Mid-Autum Festival 0708The Grade 1 boys had fun listening to a storytelling session and the coloring activity related to one of the myths which explains the origin of the festival, the Chang E Ben Yue (嫦娥奔月). Since it was their first time to play the dice game, parent volunteers were on hand to assist the boys. It was a wonderful experience for the students. The Grades 2 and 3 students had the same story telling and coloring activity as the Grade 1 boys but they did not have the chance to play the dice game.

 

The Grade 4 students had the Tang Poem recitation in their respective classrooms and played the traditional dice game during their Mentoring period. It was a great way to bond with each other and their mentors as well.

 

The Grades 5 and 7 students had a different variation of the poetry recitation activity. They interpreted the poem through their own bookmarks. The Grade 6 boys had a variety of activities to celebrate the Mooncake festival like mask painting, planting fruit-bearing trees, watching an acrobatic show, a game of skill using chopsticks, poster making and the Quiz Bee.

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