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Chinese, International Scholars, Students Celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival, National Day

In order to help international teachers and students understand Chinese history, experience Chinese culture and encourage their friendly communication, International Office and Phoenix School held an event to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival and the National Day. More than 40 Chinese and international teachers and students got together to celebrate the two holidays.

First of all, the hostess of the event illustrated the history and significance of the National Day with vivid texts and pictures. The National Day is an important festival celebrating the founding of the People’s Republic of China. Every year, people across the country celebrate it in various forms with great enthusiasm, not only to commemorate the history of the Chinese People’s striving for a better life, but also to encourage themselves to build a better country.

Then, the hostess introduced the traditional Mid-Autumn Festival. Since ancient times, customs, such as worshiping the moon, eating moon cakes, making lanterns, appreciating osmanthus, have been passed on from generation to generation. The full moon symbolizes the reunion of people, expressing longing for the homeland and the loved ones, and hoping for a good harvest and happiness.

In the joyful festive atmosphere, Chinese and international teachers and students put on costume of tea ceremony and started their experience of traditional Chinese tea ceremony. Tea ceremony, a perfect combination of form and spirit, consists of the artistic techniques and operations of tea tasting, as well as the appreciation of the elegant environment of tea tasting. Tea ceremony embodies the Chinese culture of advocating nature and modesty, and the Chinese people’s gentle and peaceful ways of dealing with things. With the graceful and artistic display of the tea master, the golden, translucent tea bloomed in cups, and international scholars and students could not help expressing their admiration. During the free tea-tasting activity, all of them tried making tea by themselves, while having pleasant talks and communication with each other.