Qkids Provides a Window to the World
Hi there, I’m Joseph Thompson, and I live in Winter Springs, FL, a north suburb of Orlando. I’ve always loved international traveling. My travels have taken me to over 172 countries, and the more I travel, the more I love it. I enjoy learning and imparting knowledge, and so teaching is a natural fit for me.
I’m also a firm believer in the idea that if you want to learn more about the people and culture, you need to see the sights, hear the sounds, and smell the fragrances of said culture. The internet has made that much easier to do. With the ubiquity of social media, you don’t have to buy an expensive plane ticket, book a hotel, and spend a ton of money on food and transportation to embed yourself in a cultural experience.
Qkids Provides a Window to the World: The Story behind Mid-Autumn Festival
Qkids opens up a window to the world that gives me and others like me the opportunity to interact with and learn more about China, and about the different towns and cities that some of my students live in. I’m often amazed at how much they want to share once you break the ice and master the universal combination of “sign language” (read, common hand signals) and verbal communication. I’m learning that no matter what part of the world you live in, we all, for the most part, share similar hopes, dreams, and desires. I’m learning that every culture has stories and traditions that are vibrant, transformative, and engaging.
Without Qkids and the amazing “family” that I’ve become a part of, I’m fairly certain that I would never have learned what the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival is, what some of the holiday traditions are, as well as the stories behind them. In case you are just like me, and you are completely oblivious to this particular festival that is celebrated on Sept 21 this year, then take an imaginative trip with me, and let me share some of my findings with you:
(Photo credit: https://www.chinahighlights.com/festivals/mid-autumn-festival.htm)
According to Chinese legend, Hou Yi, a brave warrior, was given the elixir of immortality after he’d shot down nine of the ten suns that were destroying the earth through overheating. Because there was only enough elixir for one person, Hou decided not to drink it because he couldn’t bear the thought of living without his wife, Chang’E (pronounced Chang E). Chang’E, in a bid to save the elixir from being stolen, ultimately drank it and was spirited away to live on the moon. The tradition of eating Moon cakes and lighting lanterns was born out of that legend, as people continue to look for sightings of Chang’E on the moon.
I love this story primarily because every culture has some legendary tale of a hero that ultimately rescues them from destruction, and the influences of that story can often be seen embedded in traditions and expressions of that culture, and are often celebrated as festivals or holidays. Who knew, when we were signing up to teach at Qkids, that we’d be doing just as much learning as the kids we are teaching?
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