This school year’s first Parent-Teacher Conference (PTC) afternoon will be on October 7th, Tuesday, from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. This is an opportunity for not only the student’s parent(s) and subject teachers but also for the student, who is welcome to attend, to discuss the best ways for the child to move forward with his/her academic performance during the 2nd quarter of this semester. Those of us teaching at CISM are looking forward to a fruitful meeting with our Middle School parents on that day.
Falling on the 15th day of the 8th month according to the Chinese lunar calendar, the Mid-Autumn Festival is the second grandest festival after the Spring Festival in China. It takes its name from the fact that it is always celebrated in the middle of the autumn season. The day is also known as the Moon Festival, as at that time of the year the moon is at its roundest and brightest.Mid-Autumn Festival is an inherited custom of moon sacrificial ceremonies. The ancient Chinese observed that the movement of the moon had a close relationship with changes of the seasons and agricultural production. Hence, to express their thanks to the moon and celebrate the harvest, they offered a sacrifice to the moon on autumn days.
The Moon Cake is the special food of Mid-Autumn Festival. On that day, people sacrifice moon cakes to the moon as an offering and eat them for celebration. Moon cakes come in various flavors according to the region. The moon cakes are round, symbolizing the reunion of a family, so it is easy to understand how the eating of moon cakes under the round moon can evoke longing for distant relatives and friends. Nowadays, people present moon cakes to relatives and friends to demonstrate that they wish them a long and happy life.
———-from Travel Guide China