Preparing for the make-up day

This week is the mid-Autumn festival. The holiday celebrates the autumn equinox and is a harvest festival. Traditionally on this day, Chinese family members and friends will gather to admire the bright mid-autumn harvest moon, and eat moon cakes and pomelos (Chinese grapefruit) under the moon together. We have three days off this week, but have to make up all the classes. So I am teaching all day tomorrow, Sunday. It’s the strangest thing to make up a holiday; that would be like having to make up Martin Luther King’s birthday on a weekend.  Attached are pictures of two of the buildings where I teach. The red banners are very common in China; these are welcoming the students to the new school year.
 
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5 Responses to Preparing for the make-up day

  1. Paula says:

    Did you celebrate with anyone? Looks like you are enjoying the sights. Must be warm. See kids in shorts. I think we have went from the heat of summer to the cool of fall. Enjoy your weekend. Miss you

  2. Mark says:

    I hope that you got to go out and experience the festival. Make up holidays? Wow! The building are really great looking. How is your Chinese coming along?

  3. Mary Beth says:

    Are you meeting people to do things with outside of classes?

  4. Ann says:

    Hi Ruth! I\’ve been missing you and remembered I could "visit" through your blog. It\’s exciting to read all you\’re doing. And reassuring to see your smiling face. It looks amazing.

  5. Ruth says:

    Thanks for all your comments. The mid-autumn holiday is this week; we made up the class BEFORE the holiday! A Chinese professor has invited me to her home on Thursday. Think of me when you see the full moon this week! I have also begun practicing Tai Chi with a fellow teacher. Mark, I am practicing Chinese every day but I\’m not sure I\’m getting much better. Some of us plan to travel to Xi\’an during the National Day holiday to see the terra cotta soldiers.

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