Okay, so when I posted the intro post for this month’s collaboration, I didn’t know I’d be publishing this many posts before the actual collaboration post! I’m so productive this wee, aren’t I? 😆
Don’t worry, this is the last post before the collaboration one comes out later today, so in the meantime, Happy Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival 2017 to those who celebrate! (I’m actually a day late, but hey, better late than never right? Though I’ve been saying that a lot lately. 😛)
The infographic above already explains what this festival is about, but I’ll write a little about it too. 😀
The Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, or the Moon Festival (because this is when the moon is believed to be the biggest and fullest), or the Mooncake Festival as many of us in Southeast Asia call it, is the second most important celebration for the Chinese after Chinese New Year! This is when families gather together for a reunion dinner (like the eve of Chinese New Year), enjoy mooncakes (more on that later) and for the kids, play with lanterns and candles. All of these are done in the evening when it’s dark so that we can enjoy the beautiful sight of the full moon. 😀
Here’s a little write-up about mooncakes and lanterns!
My favourite part of the festival! A mooncake is a round or square confectionery that has a soft pastry skin with a dense, sweet filling inside – often lotus paste with a cooked egg yolk in the centre, though nowadays I find even mooncakes have Western influence and come in flavours like tiramisu and blueberry cheesecake! Personally I prefer the usual non-egg-yolk lotus paste ones. 😀
Many Chinese families light a small fire within a paper lantern and have it float towards the sky (or you could do it with a crowd, like the first picture in this BBC News article). I don’t have many memories of doing that as a child, however (maybe because we hardly join the crowd 😛) and instead we play with colourful plastic lanterns like in the picture above. (Can you see the Angry Birds lanterns? 😛)
This is the one time in the year that children could play with fire (supervised!) – we’d light candles (standard birthday candle sizes) of all colours and stick them on the concrete driveway of our houses. Each one of these colourful lanterns has a little circle of wire to hold a lit candle as well, and all of these little flames are pretty in the dark! ✨
Of course, the candle wax is a pain to remove the next day. 😆
Hope you enjoyed this post!
A Short Self-Compassionate Letter
It’s nice of you to share this colourful cultural festival with others! ❤