Cultural Courses


Introduction

Through the use of vivid and vigorous multimedia materials, students can not only improve their listening ability, but also come to better understand Chinese culture.

Chung Yuan Ghost Festival

Chung Yuan Ghost Festival is a significant festival celebrated among Taiwanese. It falls on the 15th day of the seventh month of the lunar calendar. In ancient times, families offered sacrifices of newly harvested grain to their ancestors to celebrate this day. According to legend Ghost Festival, also known as Ghost Month, celebrates a time when the "Good Brother," ghosts from the underworld, come back to the world of the living.? Therefore, the Chung Yuan Ghost Festival in Taiwan is celebrated by offering an enormous table of wine and meat as a for feast one's ancestors and ghosts from the underworld. Numerous Putu festivities are also held at this time around the island.





Dragon Boat Festival

The Dragon Boat Festival is one of Taiwan's three major festivals. Through this course, students can not only learn proper vocabulary usage, but also achieve a deeper understanding of Chinese culture. Three hours of classroom instruction and five hours of outdoor learning activities will be included in this course. Students with different Chinese proficiency levels will be in the same class but with different learning goals. Through peer interaction and corporation, students will improve their language comprehension.


Lunar New Year

The Lunar New Year is one of the most significant festivals for ethnic Chinese. Families all around China begin to give the house a thorough cleaning to remove bad luck from the previous year and hanging red "spring couplets" on the gate to create an atmosphere of renewal to welcome the arrival of Chinese New Year.

New Year's Eve, the last day of a year, is also the time of thanks and family togetherness. People spend time bidding farewell to the old year and thanking one's ancestors and the gods for their blessings and protection. On this day those who work or study outside try to return to reunite with their family and have New Year's Eve dinner together. Of course, for young children, waiting to get a red envelope full of money from their elders and parents is the best part of New Year's Eve. Finally, families stay awake all night until the wee hours of New Year's Day morning to set off the firecrackers as a celebration of the New Year.

Life is renewed on the arrival of New Year's Day. People put on new clothes to begin the day, go to worship their ancestors, and making special visits with friends, neighbors and relatives to exchange good wishes of "gong si fa cai" (恭喜發財), which means "congratulations and blessings of wealth in the new year." On the second day of the New Year, married women return to their maternal home to visit their family. On the fourth day, the gods return to the world of the living. Additionally, on the fifth day, many businesses and stores open their doors for an auspicious beginning. The joyous atmosphere of Chinese New Year continues all the way up to the Lantern Festival on the fifteenth day.






Moon Festival

The Moon Festival on August 15th in lunar is always a day for reunion to Taiwanese. Although human have already landed on the moon, many Moon festival customs were still passed down. In the past, families will gather together to enjoy the glorious full moon, and to eat moon cakes and grapefruits. Lately, people not only admire the full moon in scenic spots or places with good field of vision, some will even hold barbecue activities. The Moon Festival has become a happy festival that is expected by all adults and children.