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Harvest Moon Festival 2019

Friday, September 13, 2019

The clear night sky and warm weather made for a perfect Harvest Moon gathering this Friday, September 13th.  中秋节 (Mid-Autumn Festival) is an annual celebration in Chinese culture when the moon is at its fullest--also known as the harvest moon.  This is a time of family gathering to give thanks for the abundance of the land and appreciation for loved ones.  

Connecting to our core values of Inquiry and Global Citizenship, Shu Ren teachers facilitated opportunities for each student to be curious about the Mid Autumn festival (inquiry), make connections with their own experiences, and to appreciate a cultural experience that may be different from their own. Prior to the celebration on Friday, students in all grade levels had the opportunity to inquire into this important holiday through different provocations that led to shared experiences such as making mooncakes, creating art, and enjoying the fascinating story of the Goddess of the Moon, Chang’e. 

As our first school-wide social of the year, we wanted to emulate the atmosphere of thankfulness and community.  Tea was served along with mooncake taste testing--taro and red bean getting the most votes for favorite flavors!   As the sun set, we settled on the soccer pitch to enjoy a moon-themed singalong with our music teacher, Mr. Ben. Next,  Que laoshi, Chien laoshi and Yang laoshi brought the story of Chang’e (嫦娥) to life through a dramatic shadow puppet show!