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!

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Published by brianalennet

Visual anthropologist and digital storyteller

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