ELP Hutt staff and learners have a lesson in Chinese

English Language Groups

This week our ELP Hutt centre celebrated China’s traditional mid-Autumn Festival also known as the Moon Festival.

This is the second-most important holiday in Chinese culture after Chinese New Year and coincides with Chinese lunisolar calendar with a full moon at night. On this day the Chinese believe that the moon is at its brightest and fullest size, coinciding with harvest time in the middle of Autumn.

Teacher Alwyn, also taught staff and learners about the significance of the Rabbit that is associated with this festival because people in the old days thought the dark markings on the near side of the Moon looked like the shape of a rabbit.

As part of this celebration and to prepare for Chinese Language Week,  staff also practiced learning some simple greetings and words in Chinese and shared some moon cakes together.

Thanks to Maria for volunteering to be the camera person - we've shared a brief clip of the session here. Xie – xie (thank you) Alwyn and the Chinese Beginners class for inviting us all to participate.

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