Mid-Autumn Festival with DIY Mooncakes
To give our foreign teachers a better understand-ing of Chinese culture, Haida organized an DIY mooncake activity for Mid-Autumn Festival in Hangzhou Jiangnan Experimantal School on Sept 21st,2018.
We firstly gave a brief introduction of the origin of the Mid-Autumn Festival, especially the beautiful myth called Chang E flies to the Moon.Then various ways of celebrations like eating mooncakes, appreciating the moon,puting up lanterns and guessing lantern riddles were also introduced to the teachers.The last was an introduction of different styles of mooncakes such as Cantonese style mooncake and Suzhou style mooncake ect.
And we made Cantonese style mooncake withred bean paste, lotus seed paste and egg yolk today. Look at the beautiful and charming baker Jenny. She was there demonstrating how to make mooncake. What about foreign teachers? They were carefully learning by imitation. First, they kneaded the dough, then placed the red bean paste inside, wrapped and sealed with the dough disc, next they placed the stuffed mooncake into the mould, lightly pressing the mould handle.Finally they removed the mooncake from the mould.How delicate and delicious the mooncakes looked! Foreign teachers showed great interest in the way the mooncake was made, the flavour of the fillings and the look of the Chinese characters and patterns. At this, Baker Jenny patiently gave detailed explanation about how the fillings were made and how they tasted. Teachers were also surprised at the mooncakes made by themselves that they started to sing praises of them. At the end of the activity, everyone was full of excitement, packing their own self-made mooncakes into exquisitely designed paper bags.