If we know that celebrating culture is a powerful and effective way to help our kids embrace our mother tongue language, HOW can we go about doing it?
Recently I learnt about the differences between tangible and intangible cultural heritage -
TANGIBLE physical items like artefacts, objects, places, building, and
INTANGIBLE things like practices, beliefs, knowledge and skills related to the culture.
In my effort to pass down a love of our Chinese language and heritage in my kids,
I’ve used these 8 ways to celebrate festivals and traditions over the years:
Pop-up books (always a hit), explanatory books, local heritage, just on legends, or new tales
Mooncake, dumpling, glutinous rice balls, rice dumplings, tea, pau, steamboat, Chinese soups and more! Eating, cooking, baking, ordering!
3. Art & Craft
Drawing, painting, collage and more!
Explanatory videos unpacking poems, music videos, cooking shows, introduction to festivals and more
5. Learning Activities
Calligraphy, creative writing, learning about radicals etc
About anything and everything!
Folk songs, oldies, nursery rhymes, instrumentals and more - through CDs, singing, live and online performances, videos, learning lyrics, instruments
Museums @nationalgallerysingapore @natmuseum_sg @singaporechineseculturalcentre, wildlife parks @wrs.ig eg zoo and river safari, heritage districts eg Chinatown @chinatownsingapore
Do you have any others to add to the list?
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