Presentations In French Class

Did you know that the country with the most national holidays is Cambodia, with 28 celebrations each year!

In Grade 9 French class CISB students recently conducted presentations about their home country’s celebrations to promote intercultural understanding and international mindedness.

After learning about French celebrations, students presented about celebrations from their own country. We spoke to the students to find out which specific and unique holidays they celebrate.

Winnie and Connie began with the country we all currently call home, China. Their presentation covered celebrations such as New Year’s Day (元旦节), Chinese New Year (春节), The Lantern Festival (元宵节), QingMing Festival (清明节), The Dragon Boat Festival (端午节), The Seventh Evening of the Seventh Moon (七夕节), Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋节), and National Day(国庆节). The pair of students said they focused on these festivals “because they are the ten most important holidays in China. Moreover, most Chinese people celebrate these occasions.”

Canadian student C. Quinn Young, currently enjoying her first year at CISB, highlighted Pâque, Fête de victoria, Jour du Canada, Journée nationale pour la vérité et la réconciliation, Jour du souvenir and Noël in her presentation. Quinn said she chose these public holidays, in part, because “some have a lot of history behind them which makes them even more interesting,” including Journée nationale pour la vérité et la réconciliation because it is a “public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools” (according to the Government of Canada’s website 

Arthur, meanwhile, presented the holidays of his native Slovenia to the class. “I only presented mostly unique holidays to Slovenia and its region to make my presentation stand out,” he said. Prime examples include Prešeren Day (Slovenian Culture Day), Resistance Day, Statehood Day, Statehood Day, Reformation Day, and Independence and Unity Day. He said “These holidays are very important to Slovenia as they all represent Slovenia’s national identity and its road to becoming an independent nation.”

Ghana’s New Year, Independence Day, Easter, Founder’s Day, and Farmer’s Day were the holidays that Ramia Adovelande detailed in her presentation. Ramia says she was especially eager to explain her country’s unique customs for these occasions, adding: “Easter is celebrated all around the world, but in Ghana the tradition is a bit different,” Ramia says. This website , for instance, mentions how participants dress in white for the occasion’s church service, while another  describes how Easter dishes revolve around eggs in Ghana. “I wanted to present about the holidays that are celebrated only in Ghana as well, such as the Independence Day and Farmer’s Day.”

And while the content of this school work was beneficial, some students were all more invigorated by the assignment’s process. Amy, for instance, says during her presentation about Valentine’s Day, New Year’s Day, and other such holidays “I was really nervous, but I felt great after it was done.”

Thank you to Ms. Rabbord and the Grade 9 French students for sharing their wonderful presentation with us!