We're excited to share with you the festivities that took place in our KS3 non-native Mandarin classes during the Mid-Autumn Festival. The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival, falls on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month. It holds a special place in Chinese culture as this holiday centers around family reunions, gratitude, and celebrating the beauty of the full moon.
This year, our beginning level students learned about the festival's customs and discovered how families celebrate. As a delightful hands-on activity, they made their own lanterns, an iconic symbol of the festival. Our more advanced Mandarin learners dug deeper into the festival's history. They explored the fascinating legend of Chang'e, the Moon Goddess, and Houyi, the legendary archer. They then transformed this story into comics written entirely in Mandarin! This fun project allowed them to showcase their language skills as well as expressing their understanding of the story's cultural significance.
At Britannica, we believe that language learning extends beyond words and grammar; it offers a gateway to cultural appreciation and global awareness. By learning about the Mid-Autumn Festival, our students not only improved their Mandarin but also gained insight into Chinese culture. We hope our students had as much fun as we did while learning about this special part of Chinese culture.