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On the afternoon of September 28, a peculiar cultural class was held in D12 406.The China’s National Day and the Mid-Autumn Festival was coming around the corner. The students have a lot of enthusiasm. At the beginning of the class, Miss Zhu, the head teacher, gave an introduction to the profound cultural connotation of Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, including the story origin of Chang’e flying to the moon, the custom and the mooncake. The mooncake is a perfect combination of Chinese traditional character, aesthetic concept and food culture. For instance, the rich and various mooncakes fillings wrapped in the simple wrapper are cloaked in a layer of mystery from its frugal appearance. Afterwards, the teacher taught the students to sing the songs Nung, who were all actively involved in it with great happiness. The event has been highly commented and the students said they had acquired a more in-depth understanding of Chinese culture and were looking forward to more cultural activities in the future.
A famous ancient poet Su Shi in the Song Dynasty once said: “I wish everyone a long life so as to share the graceful moonlight regardless of geographical distance.” On the afternoon of September 26, a special cultural class for class B1 was held in D9 A316. International students gathered together to eat mooncakes and enjoy legends, experiencing the traditional customs in Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival.
In this year, the Festival is on October 4th, which happens to meet the National Day. Class B1 organized this class in advance so as to ensure that students would truly feel Chinese unique sentiments for this Festival.
First of all, the head teacher introduced the origin of Mid-Autumn Festival as well as the love story between Chang’e and Hou Yi in the ancient fairy tale; next, she briefed students various regional customs related to this Festival, including poem creation, moon appreciation, lantern playing and mooncake eating, and in the meanwhile she gave every student one mooncake; finally, she displayed a video with regard to appreciating moon beauty. Students enjoyed the delicious mooncake accompanied by the breathtaking scenery and touching music.
On September 28, B2 class held a traditional cultural class concerning the Mid-Autumn Festival.
First of all, the teacher introduced the origin and customs of the Mid-Autumn Festival to students, so that they could understand its origin and knew the traditional customs related to this festival, including appreciating the moon, worshipping the moon, burning lights, guessing riddle, eating mooncakes, playing lanterns and so on.
After learning about the customs of the Mid-Autumn Festival, the students tasted mooncakes, the traditional food of the Mid-Autumn Festival. A classmate who ate the mooncake with beef fillings told the teacher: "This mooncake is quite strange". After learning the exact name of the flavor, he still repeated it incredibly three times.
Students expressed that they not only had great pleasure but also benefited a lot from the activities, because the entertainment contained a lot of knowledge about Chinese culture and they hoped there would be more similar activities in the future!
On the afternoon of September 25th, B3 class students carried out the first cultural event in D12, and acquired a more in-depth understanding of China's Mid-Autumn Festival. The activities focused on three parts, namely "Mid-Autumn Festival Origins", "Related Customs" and "Mooncake Legends", accompanied by rich stories and pictures, which successfully informed the international students of the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival as well as its importance to Chinese people. When the story of “Chang'e flying to the moon” was told, the students all listened attentively, deeply impressed by the fascinating plot. After the explanation, the teacher gave everyone a mooncake, which appealed to all the students. Finally, the teacher and the students posed for pictures. This activity enabled the students to explore the Chinese culture and appreciate its charm and meanwhile, it has brought the students closer than before.
On the afternoon of September 27th, C1 class organized the first cultural event of the new semester.
Mid-Autumn Festival is the traditional festival of the Chinese nation. When the Mid-Autumn Festival is approaching, C1 class organized a cultural activities to help students understand the traditional Chinese festivals and related cultural customs. The students were first told various myths and legends concerning the Mid-Autumn Festival, later elaborated respective customs in different parts of China dating back to the ancient times, and finally distributed mooncakes with many flavors. The most crucial part of this activity is to brief students on wax and wane as well as cultural connotations of the moon in Chinese culture exemplified by the ancient poets’ famous poetic lines related to this image.
On September 27, in order to celebrate the upcoming Chinese traditional festivals—Mid-Autumn Festival, C2 class held a cultural class centering on this theme.
First of all, the teacher introduced the origin and customs of the Mid-Autumn Festival to students, briefing them on the various origins of the Mid-Autumn Festival, including the commemoration of Chang'e. Furthermore, the teacher also expounded on various traditional customs related to this festival, including appreciating the moon, worshipping the moon, burning lights, guessing riddle, eating mooncakes, playing lanterns and so on. After learning about the custom of the Mid-Autumn Festival, the students jubilantly tasted mooncakes, the traditional food of the Mid-Autumn Festival.
Through this Mid-Autumn Festival cultural experience activity, the students not only deepened the understanding of traditional Chinese culture, but also earnestly experienced the customs of the Mid-Autumn Festival. It is believed that such kind of class will surely contribute to international students’ integration into China's life and constitute an unforgettable part in their memories of China.
On the afternoon of September 27th, D class carried out a cultural activity under the theme "Celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival" in D12, showed fellow students one of the most important traditional festival Mid-Autumn festival in China in a comprehensive and vivid way.
In the cultural class, the head teacher first gave an account of myths and legends concerning origins of the Mid-Autumn Festival, so that students could understand its origin and rich cultural connotation; next, he informed the students of various localities with the characteristics of the customs, and distributed mooncakes and snacks prepared in advance among them; finally, he let the students guess lantern riddles to feel the vivid and interesting Chinese way of celebrating this traditional festival, which enabled the students to have a good time.
Through this "Celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival" cultural activities, students have gained a more comprehensive understanding of the Mid-Autumn Festival, a profound comprehension of its cultural connotation and important position in Chinese people, as well as the long and brilliant history of Chinese culture.
At last, students hoped there would be more similar activities in the future!