Falling on the 15th day of the 8th month according to the Chinese Lunar Calendar, the Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the most important traditional festivals in China. This year, the Mid-Autumn Festival celebration falls on Wednesday, 4 October 2017.
It is an important occasion as it brings families together. Traditional celebrations would include sharing mooncakes and admiring the exquisite beauty of the full moon. In Jakarta World Academy, the occasion was made more momentous as the students from all grade levels rendered delightful performances on Saturday, 30 September 2017 for an early Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration. All the students, teachers and some parents came to school wearing their Chinese traditional clothing to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival. The students were introduced to the history and culture of the festival through a various of activities.
The programme was divided into two parts: the Literacy part, which included presentations in English Language and Bahasa Indonesia and the Chinese Drama.
The Nursery class danced to the songs “Wiggly Woo” and “Kepala Pundak Lutut Kaki” while the Pre-K class sang and danced to the songs “To the Music” and “Sayang Semuanya” with zest. The K1 class danced to the songs “Star Jump” and “Dubi Dubi Dam” while the K2 class sang and danced gleefully to the songs “Green Eggs and Ham” and “Pelangi Pelangi”. The second part of the programme was the Chinese Drama where the children portrayed various roles. The story was about the significance of Chang E and Hou Yi in the celebration of the Mid-Autumn festival.
After the programme that etched smiles on everyone’s faces, the parents were invited to have collaborative activities with their children. Together, they made paper lanterns and mooncakes out of playdough. It was lovely to see the children and parents sharing wonderful moments with each other.
The potluck party capped the celebration off. The sumptuous lunch filled everyone. It was indeed an excellent day of bringing families together as beautiful stories were shared with each one during the celebration.