Having made lovely lanterns during our weekly classes, the teachers helped to hang every lantern outside and within the school – love infused with the wood, paper, and lights that make up the lanterns, the school emitted an aura of positivity, cherishment, and nostalgia.
The Mid-Autumn festival had everyone here at Princeton buzzing with excitement and wonder. With such a rare opportunity to don traditional Chinese clothing, we all went out searching for the best outfit; one to amaze the crowd.
Respect deep inside our hearts, we wanted to honor the traditions of this holiday to the fullest extent – providing the children with an authentic experience.
After welcoming parents and students with a smile on our face, admiring the many different outfits; shining with every students own personality, beaming light and joy into our excellent school, we set about enacting the plans for the day.
In the morning we had a short lesson with the students to teach and remind them what Mid-Autumn festival is for, what it means, and how it came to be.
Having passed on our infectious enthusiasm to each and every class, we set out making our very own moon cakes. Packing them to the very core with love, we set them aside ready to take home once the day had come to an end.
The children also made moon cakes by themselves. They can take them home and share them with their parents!
But our excitement didn’t end there. With games to play and content to learn, we charged forward with a vibrant momentum, making sure this will be a day every child holds dear.
Once the morning had come to pass, and tiredness began to creep into our heavy eyes, we set the children down to sleep – and prepared for the spectacle that would be brought forth in afternoon.
Preparations began early on, with all teaching staff spending over a week planning and rehearsing different acts to perform for students and parents alike.
Eager to educate and entertain the children with understanding of the festival, the foreign teachers – with the assistance of our admin team – first performed a beautiful, if not slightly comical, rendition of a traditional poem, and then quickly fled the stage to change into new costumes.
Once finished, our teachers and admin team thanked the audience, and fled backstage to change costumes for our next surprise – to put on a spectacular performance of how the ten suns were defeated.
With our very own teacher Rein performing as Hou-Yi, teacher Aaron as the biggest of the nine suns, and teacher jade as the illustrious Change’e, we performed a condensed re-telling of the legend behind the festival.
The performance brought a roar of laughter from the audience, and with a humble bow the teachers left the stage, leaving it open for the next performance.
The compassionate Chinese teachers at Princeton came forward ready to continue the story, performing a play regarding the legend of the jade rabbit.
After the performance, parents took their children to the outdoor runway to guess lantern riddles and receive gifts. Today is really a very happy mid autumn festival.
As the event came to a close, we looked to the sky and said a silent thank you to Chang’e and the jade rabbit. One more year at Princeton has come and gone, and the moon has followed us on our journey.
With a bittersweet smile we said goodbye to the day, setting our sights to next year, when we can once again pay respect to the moon, and the mid-Autumn festival.