Mid Autumn Festival: The Lantern

by - Friday, September 28, 2012

The Mid Autumn Festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar. This happens to be on the 30th September this year. It is believed that the moon on this day is the fullest and brightest. It symbolises the reunion of the family.

We are so excited to celebrate the occasion as a family. It is the time of the year when we get to stuff our mouth indulge ourselves with mooncakes of many different flavours. I especially love the snowskin mooncakes, yummy! Jay of course gets to have his first taste of mooncake too. It’s a pity that I did not manage to capture any photo of him eating mooncake. I shall try to get the photo done within these 2 days.

Another tradition of the Mid Autumn Festival is carrying lantern. I remember during my younger days, we used the traditional paper lanterns. We would gather at the void deck with a group of friends and walk around carrying the lanterns. The best part was the end when we would dig a hole at the playground (playgrounds of those days are sand playgrounds) and create a camp fire by burning our lanterns. Fire can simply be put off by shoving sand over it. Those were the days.

Hubby had some mooncakes at his office today and he saw the beautiful box. He thought we could make a lantern out of it. Ta-daa…here is our lantern made out of a mooncake box.

The Carlton lantern. The holes by the side of the box allow light to shine through, making a great lantern.

This is how it looks in the dark. We use light stick instead of candles. Jay will be playing with this lantern so candles will not be a good choice. After the festival, we can recycle this and use it as a lamp shade.

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