Mid-autumn festival is one of the most important festivals for the Chinese. There is a beautiful legend of Chang'e, the Chinese goddess of the moon. Extended families get together and prepare delicious meals such as dumplings before going out to see the round moon, which represents family unity. Moon cakes are essential for this festival.

This clip is from:
Being Chinese
First broadcast:
17 March 2009

Could be used to introduce Chinese traditional festival and students can learn how to say ‘Happy Holiday’! The teacher could play the clip then ask students ‘what do they eat at this festival?’, ‘what do they do?’ and ‘what does this festival celebrate’? This clip could also be used to introduce family vocabulary. Ask students to draw a picture of different members of their family. They can then label the different family members and share with the class. Students could role-play a family dinner where each introduces themselves and greets the other guests in Mandarin.