UISG Celebrates Mid-Autumn Festival (September 2019)
Experience the essence of Chinese culture, feel the charm of Chinese folklore as UISG celebrates Mid-Autumn Festival 2019
"The sea rises in the bright moon, and the horizon ends at this time." The annual Mid-Autumn Festival is already upon us. The Chinese Department has recently launched a series of Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations, bringing students a unique Chinese traditional culture learning experience.
In the classroom, teachers designed different Mid-Autumn Festival activities taking account of the students' learning characteristics and interests. The students’ performance in the classroom was positive and showed a diverse and multifaceted understanding of Chinese culture. The students in the Chinese native language classes learn about and collect ancient poems relating to the Mid-Autumn Festival from different historical periods and make poetry posters with pictures, showing their knowledge of this aspect of the Chinese cultural inheritance and illustrating the beauty of Chinese poetic expression over millennia.
Non-native speakers also carry out cultural experience activities such as personalized lantern cutting. Students use their imagination and their own understanding of Chinese culture to create exquisite handicraft items. With teachers and students cooperating enthusiastically, lanterns and decorations for the Mid-Autumn Festival can be seen everywhere in the classrooms, corridors and stairways, filling the whole school with an atmosphere of festive joy and happiness. Moon cakes are an essential element of the Mid-Autumn Festival. Accordingly, teachers and students together held a tasting of delicious Mid-Autumn moon cakes to learn more about Chinese food culture.
The highlight of the Mid-Autumn Festival activities was a lantern decoration competition between the various Chinese language classrooms. The competition was judged by five impartial foreign teachers. At the end of the competition, Ms. Liu’s classroom was unanimously judged to be the best decorated and most festive. After the result was announced, the teachers and students together held a tasting of delicious Mid-Autumn moon cakes to learn more about China’s festival culture.
The teachers of the Chinese Department also organized a musical celebration. Ms. Lindy Zhang and Ms. Christy Wang played beautiful traditional instruments - zither and cucurbit. Aided by such melodious music, the atmosphere of the festival is getting stronger and stronger, and the new semester is slowly unfolding.