Mid-Autumn Festival Introduction Let’s read: Wu Kang and the Cassia Tree Teamwork: Chang-O Activities—Sending Web Cards To E-pals
The Harvest Moon Festival The Harvest Moon Festival Introduction What do Chinese people usually do on the festival? –What do the Chinese families do on the festival? –What do they eat on the festival? –What do children do on the festival? –What can we watch in the night sky? –How is the weather? What season is it on this festival? What special stories does the festival have?
The Harvest Moon Festival The Harvest Moon Festival Selected Words & Phrases mid-autumn festival 中秋節 the harvest (full) moon 月圓 bright 明亮的 get together 團圓 bar-be-cue (v)(n) 烤肉 make tea 泡茶 watch the moon 賞月 set off fireworks 放煙火 moon cakes 月餅 pomelo 柚子 present 禮品 collect 收集 lantern 燈籠 many kinds of 許多種的 an immortal 仙人 a fairy 仙女 Jade rabbit 玉兔 Wu Kang 吳剛 Chang-Er 嫦娥 astronaut 太空人 cassia tree 月桂樹 superstition 迷信 point at 指著
Wu Kang and the Cassia Tree Wu Kang and the Cassia Tree Part I There was once a smart young man. His name is Wu Kang. Wu Kang was a farmer, but he found that farming was so easy to him. So he started to learn different things. First, he wanted to become a furniture maker. After he knew that making good furniture would take three to five years, Wu Kang stopped to learn to do business. He went to work in a shop, but he very quickly knew that it would also take him many years to be a rich businessman. Without any patience, Wu Kang left again and he decided to become an immortal this time. Wu Kang went up to a mountain to find the immortals. Soon he found an immortal to teach him to make wonder drugs.
Wu Kang and the Cassia Tree Wu Kang and the Cassia Tree Part II After several days, Wu Kang felt bored of learning it, too. He asked the immortal to teach him something else. The immortal agreed and next began teaching him to play Chinese Chess. Once again, Wu Kang ran out of his patience. Next, the immortal gave Wu Kang many books to study. He studied these books for a few days but gave up studying them again. At last, the immortal wanted Wu Kang to take a trip to the moon with him. When he got to the moon, the immortal taught him to chop down a large Cassia tree before them. But the Cassia tree was a magic tree. Wu Kang would never chop down the tree. When he chopped it down, it grew up again the next day. This is how the immortal taught Wu Kang patience.
The Story of Mid-Autumn Festival The Story of Mid-Autumn Festival Chang-Er Look at the bright moon in the sky. What festival is coming? Here are some questions for your team to find out. Discuss the questions with your team before starting to read the story about Chang-Er. Then, send your answers to your teacher in group at email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org 1.Who became a fairy according to the legend of the Harvest Moon Festival? 2.Why did the fairly go the moon? 3. When can we see the fairy? 4.How did the fairy go to the moon? 5.What date is the Harvest Moon Festival this year? 6.What do people usually do on the Harvest Moon Festival? 7.What do people eat on the Harvest Moon Festival?
The Story of Mid-Autumn Festival The Story of Mid-Autumn Festival Chang-Er No one can make sure of the origin of the Harvest Moon Festival, which is also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival. The origin was romanticized by the legendary story of Chang Er, who was believed to have taken a pill, become a fairy and flown to the moon to escape from the pursuit of her husband. It was thought that we could see Chang Er on the moon when it is at its brightest in mid-autumn (i.e. the fifteenth day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar). The exact date in the Western calendar changes from year to year but it is approximately in September.
Sending Web Cards To Your E-pals Look for Web Card websites. Do a search using electronic greeting card as keywords. Explore the websites and look at the electronic greetings cards of two or three sites. –Blue Mountain ArtsBlue Mountain Arts –123 Greetings123 Greetings Now please send web cards to your e-pals and teachers. Remember to send a card to Badi, too. Selected links for the studies of Mid-autumn Festival The stories about the festival