Life-time Memories From Studying Abroad

To immerse in the Chinese culture and the lifestyle of the local resident, G-MEO students recently joined a planting activity organized by the local community, Nanchongcun. During the activity, G-MEO’s students co-worked with the residents to plant trees, flowers, and vegetables. They sang all the way, and showed their talent in gardening!

Spring is always full of opportunities and is a significant season for Chinese people.  According to the 24 Solar Terms, four of the vital terms for agricultures fall in March and April, two essential months in Spring: The Waking of Insects (Mar. 5th, 6th or 7th), the Spring Equinox (Mar. 20th, 21st or 22nd), Pure Brightness (Apr. 4th, 5th, or 6th), and Grain Rain (Apr. 19th, 20th or 21st).

Based on the culture, Sun Yat-sen, one of the famous leaders in Chinese history, brought the nationwide voluntary Tree-planting Campaign and set March 12 as Arbor Day. Since then, young Chinese people voluntarily go on planting trees in spring days during March and April to memorize Sun, the great man in history.

By participating in the traditional Chinese tree-planting festival, G-MEO students not only learned the history of this festival but also made contributions environment. Before they left, the community gave them a pot of flowers as a gift to show appreciation to their effort and contribution. With the pleasant smell of the flower, G-MEO students have meaningful memories with the native.