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Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival

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The Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival, is the second most important festival in the Chinese lunar calendar after Chinese New Year. This year the festival will fall on 19 September.

 

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Education Pack

To tie in with the festival, the British Council has created an education pack to help primary schools across the UK explore Chinese culture and language.

Focussing on the most famous story associated with the Mid-Autumn Festival, the legend of the great archer Hòu Yì and his love for the moon goddess Cháng É, the pack is designed to introduce young people to Chinese festivals, legends and geography.

The materials - prepared in connection with the IOE Confucius Institute for Schools - support young people’s education about the world around them to help them gain an understanding of other countries and cultures in preparation for life as global citizens.

Each education pack contains lesson plans, an assembly plan, activities and supporting materials to introduce Chinese culture to the classroom, keep your young people engaged and look forward to next year when, according to the Chinese Lunar Calendar, we enter the Year of the Horse.

The British Council has been working with partner HSBC to promote the study of Chinese language and culture in the UK since 2000. February 2013 saw the 10th anniversary of the HSBC/British Council Mandarin Chinese Speaking Competition, which rewards students who have made the effort to master Mandarin from scratch. Together, we also run annual Chinese summer schools for primary school pupils at two UK locations, and support Mandarin teaching through the Chinese Language Assistants programme – native speakers who have been coming to work in UK classrooms for the past 11 years.

 

Resources

Download our Mid-Autum Festival pack and additional resources to start celebrating the festival with your class.

The Mid-Autumn Festival Pack  (6MB)

Teacher Presentation  (2MB)

Assembly Presentation  (2MB)

Geography Lesson  (796KB)

Mooncake Box Template  (80KB)