Sunday, June 1, 2008

Children's Day

June 1 is Children's Day in China. On Friday, the Kindergarten held a small celebration. I was surprized that there wasn't much more fanfare. There could be several reasons: 1) the holiday fell on a Sunday, not a schoolday; 2) more emphasis of being a family celebration; 3) the country is still in a period of mourning regarding the earthquake victims - a government campaign is promoting the toning-down of festivities; and 4) the holiday may be losing some of its favor. Many of my college students have fond memories of Children's Day celebrations, not unlike Americans reminiscing about Halloweens past.

Each child did get their own cake to take home:

There was also a display of artwork - here's E.'s:

And C.'s - note the combination of Chinese characters (left) and English words:

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