Culture and Heritage P.2: Festivals
The culture and heritage part of our Who We Are unit overlapped two major Chinese holidays- Mid Autumn Festival and Golden Week. Because of this, I thought it would be fitting to look at festivals.
After brainstorming some important festivals, which wasn’t hard because we had talked about many already to investigate Chinese culture, I split the class into groups and gave them blank paper. Their task was to choose a festival and write or draw everything associated with it.
As they drew, I walked around and asked about the cultural significance of the things they were adding. Without much knowledge about China before I came, it was really interesting to learn about the importance of red during Chinese New Year and the story behind Dragon Festival.
After they were finished I gave them paper and told them to use paper to make what they drew. The little paper things they made were so cute and I knew then there had to be more. So… I made dioramas!
Each group received one black box and to decorate with things about their festival. They turned out so cute!