Actually a big marketing opportunity since many Chinese parents will dote on their kids on this big day.
Any and every brand of “brain food” will be promoted and marketed to death.
Pamphlets of bright, chubby and smiling children doing super intelligent activities i.e. a baby reading a book, a toddler playing chess and all sorts of such nonsense -_-
You will see many competitions, games, entertainment in deafening volumes all lined up for children at the malls and mega malls.
Babies in crawling competitions, toddlers and preschoolers in various obstacle races – err, isn’t this supposed to be “Children’s Day”? Why are the children “working” on their special day???
Thankfully, my son’s school dedicates Children’s Day (celebrated on a weekday) to the children because:
a) he did not need to bring his heavy backpack to school
b) there will be no lessons for the day – YAY!!!
c) he would be getting an ice-cream treat
Poor kid. Chinese school has been a big adventure for him (and me) but he’s doing well this far. He has surprised many of his teachers although they wish he’d improve his penmanship…
Although I agreed with his teachers that he needs to write better, I wouldn’t hold my breath. He’s already a slow writer – if he tries to perfect his penmanship, I wonder if he’ll ever finish any homework!
Anyhoo, after school, I met a beaming kid who had received a notebook as a reward for good behaviour (or something).
He also got a goodie pack, which contained candy, chocolates and some small toys, which he will generously share with his little sister.
I had to ask him about his ice-cream treat as he’d been looking forward to it this whole week.
He told me that it was just a teeny-weeny cup LOL
He was slightly disappointed especially as the vanilla part turned out better than the chocolate part.
Anyway, he had a lot of fun because the school hired a clown and a magician for the kids.
I am really glad to hear that he enjoyed himself on “Children’s Day”.