Cre­ative Chil­dren's Day celebrations

Changjiang Weekly - - SOCIETY - By Liu Jia

This year's Chil­dren's Day was a lit­tle dif­fer­ent for pupils in a num­ber of schools that tried to free chil­dren from the tradition of "re­hears­ing and per­form­ing pro­grams." Th­ese schools or­ga­nized chil­dren to play var­i­ous tra­di­tional child­hood games. At Dadong­men El­e­men­tary School in Wuchang, for in­stance, the "hoop rolling" game, which was one of the fond mem­o­ries of their par­ents' child­hoods, brought back the same old en­joy­ment. In San­jiaolu El­e­men­tary School, the teach­ers, stu­dents and par­ents all went to school in cos­tumes of dif­fer­ent dy­nas­ties in China and played the games pop­u­lar dur­ing Dragon Boat Fes­ti­val in an­cient China, in­clud­ing archery, land dragon boat­ing, driv­ing the char­i­ots of Chu State, cuju or ball-kicking, and ar­row throw­ing.

As a school that fea­tures foot­ball ed­u­ca­tion, De­cai El­e­men­tary School in Hanyang District car­ried out ac­tiv­i­ties with a World Cup theme. Stu­dents from 32 classes rep­re­sented 32 World Cup teams, wear­ing their na­tional cos­tumes and team uni­forms as a way to cheer on and sup­port the teams. Weim­ing School's Sound of Wild Goose orches­tra staged a con­cert with the Wuhan Youth Phil­har­monic Orches­tra and played eight pieces of mu­sic, in­clud­ing "Nech­ledil Marsch aus der Operette 'Wiener Frauen'," "The Lion King," and "Jas­mine Flower." Two kinder­gartens, in­clud­ing Baoxie No.1 Cen­tral Kinder­garten and the Hanyang Rose No.2 Kinder­garten, held "Wa­ter-Sprin­kling Fes­ti­val."

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