Grade 3 Flying Kites During QingMing Festival
Grade 3 students in Chinese classes have been learning Chinese culture about Qingming Festival. They have learned stories and the activities related to the festival. For experiencing QingMing Festival, Grade 3 students had a kite’s flying field trip to Shenzhen Lian Hua Shan Park. During their trip, the students learned a simple and fast way to put a kite together and practiced making their own. They learned a simple and efficient way to fly kites. They have also learned some knowledge about kites:
● What was the first kite made of in China?
● What was the usage of kites in Chinese history?
● Why do Chinese people call kites “wind Chinese instrument”?
● How do you fly a kite? …
It’s great to see our students flying kites in the sun!
QingMing Festival, also known as Tomb-sweeping Festival, Festival of Pure Brightness, comes around solar April 4 and is celebrated by twenty-five ethnic groups in China. The festival originated during the Eastern Zhou Dynasty (770 BC- 221 BC), and has a history of over 2500 years. Although the activities may differ, it invariably centers on sweeping tombs and spring outings.
Chinese people believe during QingMing Festival season, that nature wakes up from coldness and dark and spring gets revived. It is a good time to celebrate the arrival of spring when everything is green and new. Therefore, people go outside and enjoy the greenery of springtime (踏青Tàqīng, “treading on the greenery”) to appreciate the nature and do outdoor activities, such as: flying a kite, having a swing, playing football, having tug of war, planting trees and other activities.
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