This year is the 71st anniversary of the National Day of China.
This year’s National Day is a very special one, because October 1, 2020 is not only the 71st anniversary of China, but also the traditional Chinese festival: Mid-Autumn Festival. The teachers and students of Princeton Kindergarten send their warmest wishes to family and friends for the upcoming double festival, and wish the best to China! Happy National Day!
Each class took part in celebratory activities
All teachers and students of Princeton Kindergarten wish China to continue being strong and glorious nation.
Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival, is a traditional Chinese folk festival. The Mid-Autumn Festival was originated in ancient times and it was popular after the Han Dynasty.
The Mid-Autumn Festival uses the full moon to signify the reunion of people. It is a rich and precious cultural heritage for yearning for the hometown, the love of loved ones, and praying for a harvest and happiness. Since ancient times, the Mid-Autumn Festival has had folk customs such as worshipping the moon, admiring the moon, eating moon cakes, playing lanterns, admiring osmanthus, and drinking osmanthus wine.
As the sweet scented osmanthus bloomed this autumn, Princeton Kindergarten held activities to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival. Our formal celebrations began on September 30th in a beautifully decorated park, where the teachers and students were dressed in traditional costumes.
The Mid-Autumn Festival is here, the moon cakes are fragrant, the songs are sweet, the dancing is graceful, and the performance was attractive. Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations have begun. We just heard about the origin of and stories about the Mid-Autumn Festival.
The foreign teachers have recited a Tang poem, “Mid-Autumn Night”.
The Chinese teachers have performed several songs which are gentle and nice, adding a touch of sweetness to the festival.
Everyone hung the family portrait on the wishing tree and the big moon, reflecting that the Mid-Autumn Festival is a reunion and blessing day.
The Mid-Autumn theme table is full of traditional Mid-Autumn delicacies, mooncakes, grapefruit, persimmon, pomegranate, watermelon, taro, chestnut, water chestnut, osmanthus cake, glutinous rice lotus root, osmanthus tea, and more.
These are environmentally friendly handmade lanterns made by our students and parents. You can vote for the most creative one in your opinion.
One of the traditions of the Mid-Autumn Festival is eating moon cakes which can’t be ignored. Today, the kindergarten prepared raw materials for everyone. The children made sweet mooncakes by themselves. They were definitely excited about this the most.
With the help of the teachers, the young ones wrapped the sweet red bean filling into the soft crust, and then used molds to press the round moon cakes into various shapes. The children felt proud and had a sense of accomplishment as they made moon cakes by themselves. They also learned that most of the moon cakes are round, to represent reunion.
The kids of the parrot class had special Mid-Autumn Festival activity. They painted the Mid-Autumn-themed eco-bags with their favorite colors, and took the bags home. The children learned the importance of being environmentally friendly during the holiday season.
Today was a fun filled, rewarding day, as the children sang sweet songs, made moon cakes to celebrate the moon, and participated in Mid-Autumn themed activities.
We hope you enjoy this festive holiday with your families. Have a wonderful and safe holiday.
Happy Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day!