As we inch closer to the month of October, we approach one of the most celebrated festivals for the Chinese community- the Mid-Autumn Festival. Falls on the 15th day of the 8th month on Chinese Lunar calendar, Chinese people from all around the world celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival with their loved ones. It would be the most joyful moment for everyone especially for the kids. When I was younger, my parents will buy lanterns for my siblings and I- rooster lantern for me, pig lantern for my sister, and dragon lantern for my brother. We would then run around our village, showing off our lanterns to our neighbors.
Traditionally, lanterns are handmade in color papers and lit it with candles. Usually the 12 zodiac characters are designed on the lanterns and parents would buy for their kids according to their zodiac signs.
These sweet little delicacy has a tale as old as time. Sprung from an ancient Chinese folk tale which brings us back to 14th century where Ethnic Han, a Mongolian empire in China rebellion, smuggled written notes into the mooncakes and delivered to their fellow citizens to encourage them to take up arms and overthrown their oppressive ruler.
Sky Lantern aka Kong Ming Den, is a mini hot air balloon which will be released to the sky on the night of Mid-Autumn Festival. Everyone (especially the girls) will write down their wishes or their resolutions for the following year on the lantern itself before sending them off to the sky. It is believed that the Gods will receive the wishes and grant their wishes.
Wealthy families and large corporations in China will usually invite lion or dragon dance troupers to perform as it signifies good luck and it is believed that it will bring fortune of the following year to the people.
Lantern Parade Around Your Neighborhood
It’s a tradition for friends and family who live far away to return to their hometown for a short gathering. This is where cousin who we only meet twice a year, Chinese New Year and Mid-Autumn Festival.
Have a blast!