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Fourth Grade Celebrates Ch’ing Yang

Mrs. Miller’s fourth grade class at New Salem Elementary crossed the globe and traveled to China where they learned about their customs and traditions and partook in The Double Ninth Day Festival ( Ch’ing Yang) that is celebrated every year on September 9th. On September 9th in China the people have a kite flying contest that originated hundreds of years ago. The people would make kites of animals, insects, flowers, reptiles, and fish. Every picture symbolized a special wish that they would wish for their parents, siblings, grandparents, or even themselves. They believed that the higher their kites flew, the Gods would see their kites, and grant their wish.
The students all worked collaboratively in small groups and chose a symbol and wish for other people, the school, and for their families. Some of the wishes were for courage, nobility, power, happiness, respect, kindness, and peace.
“On this day kite flying is taken as a symbol of rising higher and higher, better and better, stronger, smarter, and finer in everything one does.” We thought that this was a great way to start off the year and it surely was. The kids learned a lot, built strong relationships and had really great time sending all of our wishes up into the sky. Let’s hope they all come true.

Written by: Erica Miller, 4th Grade Teacher
Posted: Sep 18, 2012 by Gina James

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