Esteemed philosopher Confucius once said, “I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.”
“First Writing Ceremony” is a traditional Chinese culture that is being practiced for over 3000 years. It is one of the important milestones that children experience. The ceremony marks the next step of a child’s study journey which delivers the traditional ethical culture: being grateful, intelligent, and ambitious.
The “First Writing Ceremony” is also a grand ceremony during primary education in China. Beida Gongxue Experimental School also holds this ceremony to let students realize the importance of education. Through this realization, students will develop towards future success, cherish every moment, and uphold ethical values.
There are 6 steps to the “First Writing Ceremony”.
The first step of the ceremony is dressing up. The importance of getting dressed for the ceremony comes from the belief of being protected from external evils. Clothing is also a reflection of a human’s inner spirit. There is a Chinese adage that goes: “to children, study begins at dressing, followed by wisdom”.
Confucius, one of the greatest educators in history and the ideal representative of Chinese traditional culture is a founder of a well-renowned Chinese ideology. Confucianism is the prime guiding principle of the Chinese nation for the past 2500 years.
In this step, teachers and students bow three times. The first bow is for Confucius as a sign of respect and cultural inheritance. The second bow is dedicated to all the teachers for imparting knowledge. The third bow is a sign of gratitude towards parents for their guidance and gift of education.
Application of the Cinnabar Nevus
Cinnabar is a mixture of red minerals. Nevus is a birthmark in the form of a raised red patch. Nevus also has the same pronunciation as wisdom in Chinese. The application of the cinnabar nevus to the forehead symbolizes the opening of the gate of intelligence.
Beating of the Drum
In Chinese culture, the beating of the drum symbolizes the aspirations and motivations of the students. The louder the drumming, the more ambitious their aspirations are.
Students serving tea to teachers is a grand expression of gratitude and respect. The students would say their thanks to teachers since they will be the one to guide them throughout their student journey.
Recital of Disciple Rules
Recitation is an important part of study in China. All students are expected to recite the disciple rules, showing their commitment to be courteous, self-disciplined, and self-motivated.
Learning by Doing
The opening speech from Principal Yang was to welcome and encourage kids to be independent and eager for knowledge. Student representative Wu Junxi made wishes that all new schoolmates would have a happy study journey and grow up healthy in BGES.
Children were also able to write their very first character (人, “rén“), which stands for man. This is a symbolic way of showing that the students are taking their first step to be a (wo)man.
Chinese Course applications are now open to everyone!
Beida Gongxue Experimental School is now offering Chinese courses to international students. This course aims to immerse students in the culture and traditions of China. This is the perfect opportunity to master the Chinese language, visit historical and cultural sites, and prepare for a higher education in China!