中秋节 – Mid Autumn Festival

                                                                                                                                                  

I  popped down to Chinatown last week to buy some mooncakes in readiness for the Mid Autumn Festival which falls this year on September 22nd.  Zhōngqiūjié(中秋节)  also known as the Moon festival, the Mooncake festival  or (in Singapore) as the Lantern festival falls on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month.   

The BBC’s learning broadband has an excellent clip on this festival which not only mentions the legend of Houyi the archer and Chang’e but also has a bit about a family preparing for the festival by making and eating dumplings together.  It ends up with the family going out to gaze at the moon whilst reciting the famous poem  Jìng yè sī (静夜思) by Lǐ Bái (李白). 

It was an ideal clip to use with my Chinese club as the language is very accessible covering such areas as simple introductions, the vocabulary for family members and phrases for talking about food.  Next week I am planning to use this song with the club.

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