Monday, September 28, 2009

It's 教師節 (Jiaoshi Jie, Teachers' Day)!


September 28, 2009

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It's Teachers' Day in Taiwan! Do you have Teachers' Day in your country?
What do you do on that day?

In Taiwan, we show our appreciation to our teachers mostly with cards.
There's also festival celebration in the temples of Confucius around the island and overseas, known as the "Grand Ceremony Dedicated to Confucius" or "Confucius Memorial Service".
Confucius is known as "Zhìshèngxiānshī" (The Most Sage Venerated Late Teacher) and also "Wànshìshībiǎo" (Role Model for Teachers through the Ages). His teachings and philosophy have deeply influenced many Asian people's thoughts and life.
Below is a video of one of the "Confucius Memorial Service" in Taipei Confucius Temple and one in San Francisco in 2008.

Video title: "Taiwan Hongguan Dianshi TMACTV Jikongdadian"
( Taiwan Macroview TV TMACTV Confucius Memorial Ceremony)
The 3 Chinese characters on the screen before you play the video: "Bayiwu"
( Eight-Row Dance).
CLICK HERE then scroll down to "Worship" section to see the detail.





Conversation of the day ( pinyin & translation ):

Xuesheng men: Qinai de laoshi Jiaoshijie kuaile!
( Students: Dear teacher, Happy Teachers' Day! )

Laoshi: Xiexie nimen!
( Teacher: Thanks to you all! )

Xuesheng men: Zhe shi song gei nin de kapian.( Students: This is a card for you.)Laoshi: Wa! Xiexie nimen de kapian!
( Teacher: Wow! Thanks for your card! )


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I'll be sharing a song "Grateful Heart" in the next post. Stay tuned!

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