On Monday 24th September staff at Hawes Side academy celebrated the ‘Moon festival’ with the resident team of volunteers from China who work with the academy to teach the language of Mandarin and about the Chinese culture.
The mid-autumn festival or ‘Moon’ festival is the second grandest festival in China after the Chinese New Year. It takes its name from the fact that it is always celebrated in the middle of the autumn. The day is also known as the ‘Moon Festival’, as it takes place at that time of the year when the moon is at its roundest and brightest. And, it certainly was on the evening of Monday 24th September when celebrations were held at the academy.
To introduce and celebrate the festival the team of volunteers led by Felisa and Mabeline presented a traditional tea-party for academy staff including many Chinese delicacies for all to try.
This was introduced by traditional dancing and singing by other members of the team.
The event was a great success with many of the Hawes Side Academy team of staff joining the celebration after the academy day with the Confucius team and their families.