Mid-Autumn Day is considered one of the most important festivals in Chinese culture. Families and friends gather to celebrate the occasion and it is often the best time for moon watching. In China, there are many folktales and poems about the moon and its significance, and mooncakes are always regarded as a delicacy. Recently, a series of activities around the Mid-Autumn Festival took place at Harrow Beijing to promote and develop an understanding of Chinese tradition, and celebrate the day
Early Years students explored Mid-Autumn themed activities in class. Students in Pre-nursery painted Osmanthus trees with their fingers. At Nursery and Reception, children made paper rabbits out of cups and plates, and decorated lanterns with Chinese characters saying “Happy Mid-Autumn Day”. These lanterns, alongside mooncakes made of light clay, were later displayed in the corridor. The campus felt distinctively festive!
On Thursday, the Zhili Society organised a mooncake workshop for Upper School. Students and teachers made mooncakes with their own hands and celebrated together at lunch time. Pre-prep students also experienced the making of mooncakes with the help of teachers and catering staff. The round and sweet Chinese pastry is considered as a symbol of reunion and happiness.
Shortly before the Mid-Autumn holiday, parents at City Campus were invited to join their children for a family day. They made mooncakes together outdoors and shared a picnic in the campus against the beautiful backdrop of early-autumn.