At our international nursery we start teaching the Chinese language at the age of 2, when the brain of our youngest children is more plastic and they can learn their phonemes naturally. Together with the language, we develop their open and global mindset and introduce them to this ancient country’s culture.
In Yago School Nursery, Infant 2 pupils celebrated the Dragon Boat Festival (端午节 or Duānwǔjié in pinyin), or Double Fifth Festival on the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese lunar calendar, which according to history commemorates the death of the great poet and diplomat Qu Yuan.
The Dragon Boat festival, like many Chinese traditions, is an opportunity to strengthen family bonds and foster harmony between man and nature. All the folk traditions of this festival contribute to maintaining cultural identity, such as bathing in flower-scented water to keep evil away, wearing five-coloured silk costumes, decorating the front doors of houses with bunches of birch and acorus, eating zongzi (rice dumplings wrapped in bamboo), and many others.
The days of celebration are full of sport competitions, being the dragon boat races the most famous and more and more practised all over the world; a very traditional sport where teams of 20 rowers compete by moving forward to the rhythm of the drums. These regattas have inspired our classrooms and the children have really enjoyed learning more about this unique tradition. Thanks to Ms. Shulin, and in collaboration with their teachers, they also made a dragon boat to remember everything they had learnt and celebrate this special Chinese holiday.