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Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!
The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival, Zhongqiu Festival, or in Chinese,Zhongqiujie (traditional Chinese: 中秋節), or in Vietnamese “Tết Trung Thu”, is a popular harvest festival celebrated by Chinese and Vietnamese people, dating back over 3,000 years to moon worship inChina‘s Shang Dynasty. It was first called Zhong qiu Jie (literally “Mid-Autumn Festival”) in the Zhou Dynasty. In Malaysia, Singapore, and the Philippines, it is also sometimes referred to as the Lantern Festival or Mooncake Festival.
The Mid-Autumn Festival is held on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar, which is usually around late September or early October in the Gregorian calendar. It is a date that parallels the autumnal equinox of the solar calendar, when the moon is supposedly at its fullest and roundest. The traditional food of this festival is the mooncake, of which there are many different varieties.
The Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the few most important holidays in the Chinese calendar, the others being Chinese New Year and Winter Solstice, and is a legal holiday in several countries. Farmers celebrate the end of the summer harvesting season on this date. Traditionally on this day, Chinese family members and friends will gather to admire the bright mid-autumn harvest moon, and eat moon cakes and pomelos under the moon together. Accompanying the celebration, there are additional cultural or regional customs, such as:
- Putting pomelo rinds on one’s head
- Carrying brightly lit lanterns, lighting lanterns on towers, floating sky lanterns
- Burning incense in reverence to deities including Chang’e (Chinese: 嫦娥; pinyin: Cháng’é)
- Planting Mid-Autumn trees
- Collecting dandelion leaves and distributing them evenly among family members
- Dragon Dances
My name is Giselle Holbery. I’d like to welcome you and your child to the start of the new school year in Shanghai American School Pudong campus.
This is my 15th year of teaching in Shanghai American School Pudong campus Chinese department. I am looking forward to a busy and productive year, filled with exciting activities, school events and so much more. Throughout this period, I will help your child to make progress in Chinese language learning, to master some Chinese language skills, to use what they have learned in their daily life, and also to explore the rich Chinese culture and most importantly that to have fun in the classroom and school wide activities.
Please visit my blog at http://sites.saschina.org/gholbery/ to get to know what happen in our Chinese classes. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tips for you (G2 to G5): Your child’s Chinese folder is an effective way of communication between parents and students. Please check your child’s folder every day.