Mid-Autumn Festival (仲秋节) At David E. Owens Middle School

New Milford Mandarin students welcome Autumn with student and professional song and dance.

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Mid-Autumn Festival (仲秋节) At David E. Owens Middle School

Professional dancers, such as Ms. Shi Ying of New Star dancing group show students Chinese culture.

Professional dancers, such as Ms. Shi Ying of New Star dancing group show students Chinese culture.

Professional dancers, such as Ms. Shi Ying of New Star dancing group show students Chinese culture.

Professional dancers, such as Ms. Shi Ying of New Star dancing group show students Chinese culture.

Keziah Cadungon and Grace Sailer

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On September 27, 2019, New Milford High School Mandarin students took part in the Mid-Autumn Festival at David E. Owens Middle School. Along with the Confucius Institute from New Jersey City University (NJCU), students and professional dancers presented a Chinese cultural display for the middle school students. 

Both the high school and middle school Mandarin students worked hard to perfect their performances. The middle school students sang Chinese songs, such as “Sorry, My Chinese Is Bad” and “你好你好” while using various instruments and poster boards. Dressing in traditional Chinese clothing, the Mandarin II high school students performed the children’s rhyme “Moon Bright” while waving  Chinese lanterns. This was to show how the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival is celebrated with the entire family by eating mooncakes (a traditional Chinese pastry) while appreciating the beauty of the moon. Students from Mandarin III performed a song named “Water Melody” while dancing with traditional fans.

Professional dancers Ms. Shi Ying and Mr. Ren Guohui of the New Star dancing group enhanced the students’ experience of engaging with Chinese culture. Students were amazed to see the performers dancing with colorful flags and silk. The students were especially astonished to watch Mr. Guohui perform while changing his face masks in quick succession. Between performances, students were able to learn the background history of the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival and was able to win raffles and play a game called “Heads Up”. 

After the presentation, the NJCU members created various stations for students during their lunch periods. The activities included Chinese calligraphy, making mooncakes with Play-Doh, creating Chinese paper lanterns, and learning how to use chopsticks.

All of the New Milford School District’s Mandarin programs are sponsored by the Confucius Institute at New Jersey City University. With their help, these beautiful and exciting ceremonies will be treasured by students and teachers for many years to come.

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