Our family has embarked on virtual travels to various countries and regions. To explore these countries and their cultures, we have followed along with the festivals, cooked and eaten traditional foods, learned of traditional handicrafts with hands on exploration, along with many activities to immerse ourselves. Chronicled here are some of these activities.

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Mid Autumn Moon Festival - Poetry

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The Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, being a time to gaze at and honor the moon, often ellicits bouts of storytelling and poetry. 

To learn more about the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival and the Moon Goddess Chang'E, read our earlier post here.

Li Bai, from the Tang dynasty, is considered one of the greatest Chinese poets. The following poem is so popular, that even today, most Chinese students know it by heart.

Thoughts of a Quiet Night

Before my bed, there is bright-lit moonlight
So that it seems like frost on the ground:
Lifting my head I watch the bright moon
Lowering my head, I dream that I'm home.
- translated by Arthur Cooper

Do you know any poems about the moon? Maybe you'll be inspired while moon gazing tonight. If you would like to read more Chinese poems about the moon, you can print our "booklet" with 3 Chinese poems. Just fold the sheet in half (horizontally along the center), then in half again (vertically along the center), with the image as the front page. 




This week, we'll be preparing for the moon festival by reading bookstasting mooncakes and learning how they are made, making lanterns to hang on sticks, reading and writing poetry about the moon, and honoring the moon on the 19th with tea, mooncakes, and pomelos.

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