Multi-cultural activities 2015-2016

Multi-cultural activities 2015-2016

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival

There was a riddle quiz. Students could experience the traditional activity. Prizes were given to encourage them to take part in it.

There were also lanterns and riddles at school hall to students to ‘taste’ riddle guessing in the week before the Mid-autumn Festival.

There was also mooncake-tasting in which students tasted the traditional mooncakes that were made with lotus seed paste and egg yolk.

Student helpers did presentation in the morning assemblies to show the video clips of the origin of the Mid-autumn Festival for students to have a better understanding.

All the above activities aimed to enhancing students’ understanding of Chinese traditional festivals and their involvement.

Chung Yeung Festival and Ching Ming Festival

Student helpers did presentations and showed the video clips on the origin and customs of both Chung Yeung Festival and Ching Ming Festival to students in the morning assemblies.

A poster was prepared and posted in each class before Chung Yeung Festival. The poster also gave more detailed information to students to know more about the origin and customs of these two traditional Chinese festivals and understand that the main theme of these two festivals is about the long-established practice of the Chinese to pay homage to their ancestors.

All the above activities aimed to promote students’ understanding of these two traditional Chinese festivals.




Discovering China – Chinese New Year (舞獅,燒炮仗,貼揮春,派利由來)



Lunar New Year Do’s and Don’ts (裡面尾段有介紹 12生肖)



Chinese New Year – Chinese culture about how Chinese people prepare and celebrate Spring Festival (介紹過年前準備,如: 年二八,洗邋遢、辦年貨、全盒等等)



PART 1. What’s Chinese New Year? 中國新年是什麼?

Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival, is an important traditional Chinese holiday.


Chinese New Year celebrations traditionally run from Chinese New Year’s Eve, the last day of the last month of the Chinese calendar, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first month, making the festival the longest in the Chinese calendar.




PART 2. The origin of Chinese New Year and Mythology. 中國新年的起源與傳說。

According to tales and legends, the beginning of Chinese New Year started with a mythical beast called Nian. Nian would come on the first day of New Year to eat livestock, crops, and even villagers, especially children. To protect themselves, the villagers would put food in front of their doors at the beginning of every year. It was believed that after Nian ate the food they prepared, it wouldn’t attack any more people.


One day a villager decided to take action. A god visited him and told him to put red paper on his house and to place firecrackers in front. The villagers then understood that Nian was afraid of the color red. When the New Year was about to come, the villagers would hang red lanterns and red spring scrolls on windows and doors. People also used firecrackers to scare Nian away. From then on, Nian never came to the village again. Nian was eventually captured by Hongjun Laozu, an ancient Taoist monk and became his mount.



PART 3. What We Do on Chinese New Year. 新年要幹嘛?

The evening preceding Chinese New Year’s Day is an occasion for Chinese families to gather for the annual reunion dinner.


It is also traditional for every family to thoroughly clean the house, in order to sweep away any ill fortune and to make way for incoming good luck.


Windows and doors will be decorated with red paper-cuts and couplets with popular themes of “good fortune”, “happiness”, “wealth”, and “longevity.”


Other activities include lighting firecrackers and giving money in red paper envelopes.


S1: Song Sharing – each class sent two teams/units sing songs from their culture
Date:3rd December 2015

Time: Lesson 1 and 2

Venue: Gymnasium



S2: Dance Performance – each class sent two teams/units have dance performance of their culture
Date:4th December 2015

Time: Lesson 1 and 2

Venue: Gymnasium

S3: Cultural food – student helpers introduce their common cultural food with powerpoint presentations in a morning assembly
Date: 4th May 2016

Time: Morning Assembly

Venue: Hall

S4: Cultural Costume – students (male and female) of four major ethnic groups wearing their cultural costumes; explaining its design and on what occasions they usually wear
Date: 12th May 2016

Time: Morning Assembly

Venue: Hall

S5: Religions – power presentations by student helpers in morning assembly
Date: 3rd Jun 2016

Time: Morning Assembly

Venue: Hall