Mid Autumn Festival

Celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival

Tiger girl playing with sparklers

Tiger girl playing with sparklers

Over the weekend the kids and I gathered at a relatives house to celebrate the Mid Autumn Festival.  The kids seldom get to meet up with their cousins and other relatives so it was a great chance for them to mingle and mix around.

Tiger girl and Doggie boy posing for the camera

Tiger girl and Doggie boy posing for the camera

Monkey Boy and me

Monkey Boy and me

We were invited for dinner but went a bit earlier so that the kids could enjoy themselves in the pool. My water babies can’t get enough of the water and happily jumped in when  we reached my aunt’s house.

The boys with their lanterns

The boys with their lanterns

The boys went out on their first lantern night walk after dinner. It was the fun carry a lantern each and having the place lit up by the candlelight.

Tiger girl with  grandma and great grandma

Tiger girl with grandma and great grandma

It was also the first time that Tiger girl got to carry a lantern which was lit up by a candle. When she was younger we only allowed her to carry battery operated lanterns for safety.

Monkey boy and Cousin N

Monkey boy and Cousin N

The kids has lots of fun carrying the lanterns and walking around.

All the kids and their lanterns

All the kids and their lanterns

It was a blessing that the air was good that Saturday as we had been affected ( and am still affected) by poor quality air which range from the very unhealthy to hazards at times ( PSI of 200-300++)

My cousins and me

My cousins and me

Both the adults and kids had lanterns  to carry and walk around.  I think the last time I went for a lantern parade was when I was in Primary school. That was certainly ages ago!!

Me and my lantern

Me and my lantern

Were you out carrying lanterns too this Mid Autumn festival?

 
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Mid Autumn Festival

Mooncake time!
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Tonight we will be celebrating the Mid Autumn Festival. This festival is held on the 15th day of the 8th month based on the lunar calendar.

The traditions of the Mid Autumn Festivals are

  • Eating mooncakes outside under the moon
  • Putting pomelo rinds on one’s head
  • Carrying brightly lit lanterns, lighting lanterns on towers, floating sky lanterns
  • Burning incense in reverence to deities including Chang’e
  • Planting Mid-Autumn trees
  • Collecting dandelion leaves and distributing them evenly among family members
  • Fire Dragon Dances

As our family is not Buddist and do not really follow all of the traditions we have simplify it to one or two traditions which the whole family can enjoy. We bought Thomas the train and Doremon lanterns for the boys to carry around. They really enjoy their lanterns more then savouring the mooncakes which we bought for them.

How are you celebrating the Mid Autumn Festival  this year?

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