Lantern Festival, also known as Shangyuan Festival, falls on the 15th day of the 1st lunar month. It marks the end of the Spring Festival season. The customs of Lantern Festival may be slightly different across the country, but generally, eating Yuan Xiao, enjoying festive lanterns, guessing lantern riddles, setting off firecrackers and fireworks, playing drums, walking on stilts, watching dragon dancing and lion dancing are the main activities.
As an international school that respects traditional folk culture, Changsha WES Academy celebrated the Lantern Festival by organizing a Temple Fair in school.
Mr. Corey from the United States dressed up as the “God of Wealth” and gave red envelopes full of blessings to our children. In a festive atmosphere you could find a variety of stands set up by different grades: sugar coated haws on sticks, lanterns, handmade cakes, beverages, puzzle games, traditional pot game, modern archery, charity fundraising project… Each booth was designed and organized by students themselves. Parents and teachers were impressed by these creative ideas and spoke highly of them.
Temple Fair is a traditional folk activity in China. By being involved in the process of preparation, students were allowed to better understand and experience the traditional Chinese culture. What’s more this was considered as a good opportunity to develop their creative thinking, hands-on ability and teamwork spirit.