Sharing Traditions From Home
Primary School students were excited to welcome some Upper School visitors to Morning Meeting this week to tell them about the Moon Festival. This traditional festival is celebrated in mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Vietnam on a different day each year based on where it falls in the Chinese lunar calendar.
Also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival, the Moon Festival celebrates the end of the autumn harvest. Families celebrate by gathering together, lighting paper lanterns, and eating moon cakes. Upper School students Anny W. ‘22, Eric X. ‘23, and Michela Y. ‘24 from Shanghai, China, and Ryan S. ‘22 from Hong Kong visited Morning Meeting on Wednesday to talk about the cultural significance of the Moon Festival. They introduced themselves and shared some foods they miss from home, such as Chinese hotpot and dumplings. Then they took turns reading Lin Yi’s Lantern
by Brenda Williams, the story of a boy who has to go out and barter for all the items his family needs to celebrate the Moon Festival while desperately hoping that he will have enough money left over to buy a red rabbit lantern.