Welcoming teachers back to their schools for the new semester, and helping them fit in the school life as they get acquainted with the Chinese traditions and culture, Haida Interact International organized a ‘First Meeting’ for all teachers in Futian Area.
Coincidentally, the meeting was held during the Mid-Autumn Festival. To mark the celebrations, Haida HR conducted a DIY Mooncake activity for the foreign teachers. The activity aided the foreign educators in gaining a better comprehension of the tradition and legends associated with the celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival in China.
The DIY Mooncake activity during the ‘First Meeting’ was conducted in a similar style to that of the one conducted by Haida HR for its foreign teachers in Hangzhou. The teachers were told about the different styles of mooncakes such as Cantonese style mooncake and Suzhou style mooncake. The educators later participated in the mooncake making activity.
The foreign teachers at Haida HR expressed great interest in the DIY Mooncake activity. They kneaded the dough, placed the fillings inside, wrapped and sealed the cake with the dough disc. Later, they placed the stuffed mooncakes into the mould by lightly pressing the mould handle.
The Haida teachers were guided by a baker, who explained to them in detail about the various flavors of fillings and how they tasted. When the mooncakes were baked to perfection, the teachers were surprised at their work. Towards the end of the activity, everyone was full of excitement and packed their self-made mooncakes into traditionally designed paper bags.
Haida HR China firmly believes that including foreign teachers in Chinese festivals and rituals makes it easier for them to understand the local culture and making themselves comfortable with it. With the DIY mooncake activity, foreign teachers got an opportunity to experience Chinese culture and communicate with each other, along with experiencing the care their recruitment agency showers them with.