Students learn how to make Mooncakes in an attempt to preserve traditions

On September 24th, teachers of Japanese International School (JIS) organized the Mid-Autumn Festival for all students in the school. Besides exciting performances, the activity of making mooncake organized by teachers in the school has engaged students because they not only make beautiful cakes themselves, but also understand better the traditions of Vietnam.

Huỳnh Trần Bảo Minh (Year 4 CIP student) is happy to complete the hand-made sticky mooncake

For Vietnamese people, the annual Mid-Autumn Festival is an occasion to reunite members of the family. Therefore, Vietnamese people also call the Mid-Autumn Festival "Reunion Tet". On the traditional offering tray, the presence of baked mooncakes and sticky mooncakes are indispensable. On the fifteenth day of lunar August, people often give out mooncakes as presents with the meaning of wishing all things in life are in full and complete.

JIS students were having a lot of fun learning how to make mooncakes. Ingredients had been carefully prepared beforehand. Students were required to wear aprons, plastic gloves and together they kneaded the flour, made the filling and filled in moulds to form beautiful cakes.

Prior to this activity, JIS teachers had a training session. Among the teachers of the school, there are people coming from Japan, England or America. For many, this is the first time they have ever made the traditional mooncake of Vietnam. Therefore, they were interested in participating in this mooncake-making activity. They were happy to know more about Vietnamese culture and traditions, especially when the meaning of mooncakes was explained to them. The round shape of the cake symbolizes the fullness and completeness, and they were complemented by a tasty tea pot while enjoying the moonlight.

Like other foreign teachers, students were extremely excited when they were making the mooncakes themselves. They could bring home their products and shared this interesting lesson with their family.  Through this activity, students were able to understand and help preserve traditions, contributing to a young modern generation who can still retain the beauty of ancestors. 

Below are some pictures of the mooncake-making activity at JIS:

Ms. Trang (teacher of 4-year-old kindergarten class – Sora) taught children how to make mooncakes.

She let students touch the dough to feel the texture before filling it in the mould.

Children had to wash their hands before returning to their tables to start.

The tables were carefully covered by plastic sheets. Students were eager to join in this activity.

With hats and aprons on, they looked like little chefs when kneading the dough.

Students made mooncakes on their own, teachers only supported when needed

“There is flour on my hands. But that’s okay because I like exploring life”

“I have finished. Do you think it’s beautiful?”

“Bravo! You have made this cake yourself. Congratulation!”

Students put their cakes in boxes to bring home to parents and grandparents

Teacher carefully wrote student’s name on boxes to avoid confusion

Not only kindergarten children, but Primary and Secondary students also had memorable experience making mooncakes.

Quality ingredients were prepared beforehand

The filling of the cakes looked tempting

The kids mixed the dough themselves, the aim was to create an even texture

The kneading seemed professional

A teacher stapled the mooncake boxes for Primary students

Students wrote their names on their boxes

After finishing, some students cleaned up the floor where flour scattered.

Tables were tidied up before students left

Photographs were taken to save the memory of this Mid-Autumn festival

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Thanh Tri