Celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival - a Time of Reunion with Family

Dear all, I am Hilary Tong from the Qkids Coaching Team! To share a little about myself, I graduated from college in 2017 with a Degree in Communication and Minor in Music. I went to Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia and loved the people there. I also loved the southern homemade food and sweet tea! So far it has been a great experience working at Qkids. In my spare time, I love to sing, dance, listen to K-pop music, read, and draw. Nice to meet everyone! :)

Mid-Autumn Festival

It’s that time of the year, when you walk in the supermarket, red boxes of mooncakes lay nicely on the shelves. Everyone is looking forward to the holiday weekend and minds are wondering about plans to go home to visit families or other holiday plans like going shopping.

The Mid-Autumn Festival is celebrated on the 15th of August according to the Lunar Calendar. In the year 2019, it falls on the 13th of September. Since the full moon can clearly be seen around this time of the year, many traditions and celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival involves the moon, observing the moon, eating mooncake, and so on. The moon cake is also made in the shape of the moon. The Chinese character to describe full moon (月 yuán yuè) has the same meaning of reunion (团圆 tuán yuán), so the essence of the festival is peoples wish for the reuniting of the whole family because, missing hometown, and hope for a good harvest and happiness. 

 The Origin of the Mid-Autumn Festival

There are many different myths about what the origin is for the Mid-Autumn Festival. The two most commonly agreed ideas are these: The first one is that the emperors as early as the Zhou Dynasty (roughly 1056-256 B.C.) was sacrificing to the moon, which was later popularized by the common people. 
The other idea is that its a celebration of the harvest in the middle of fall, the harvest season, so its a time of celebration and joy.

Some Fun Traditions of Celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival

Eat Mooncake

Mooncake is a long-lasting traditional food to be made just for the Mid-Autumn Festival. It was said to be invented around 617 B.C. by a leader of the Tang army who was inspired by the moon as a way to feed the soldiers that were newly recruited. Its shape is round which symbolizes the full moon. Its yellow with some carved details on the surface. Many flavors are offered today including:
  • Wuren Mooncake – Mixed Nuts Mooncake. Chinese name: 五仁月饼 wǔ rén yuè bǐng
  • Red Bean Mooncake. Chinese name: 豆沙月饼 dòu shā yuè bǐng
  • White Lotus Mooncake
  • Salted Egg Yolk Mooncake
  • Snow Skin Mooncake
  • Minced Pork Mooncake
  • Green Tea Mooncake
  • Fruits Mooncake

Even Starbucks has got in on the Mooncake action!

Guess Riddles Hidden in the Lanterns

Families will make or buy lanterns to hang in their houses, and in public space like parks, there may be lanterns decorated between trees. There will be a public event or group celebration when people hide some riddles in the lanterns and whoever guesses the riddles may receive a prize.

Enjoy the Tidal Bore

Tides are known to be rising around this time of the year, and many gathered to observe the tides especially in the Zhejiang area where the tides rise as high as nine meters. There is even a festival called China International Qianjiang Tidal Bore Festival for observing the rising tides around the Mid-Autumn Festival.

A Famous Poem that Expresses the Essence of the Mid-Autumn Festival

Thinking of You By Shi Su (Song Dynasty)

When can we see such a bright moon? I raise my cup and ask of the heavens. Wonder what year it is in the palaces above. I desire to ride with the wind there but am afraid of the high places of the crystal and jade palace that are too cold. I dance to the moon-lit shadow, how fun it is, unlike being in the world.
The moon rounds the red mansion to silk-pad doors, shines upon the sleepless. Bear no grudge, but why is the moon so full when people are apart? Men have joy, sadness, separation, and reunion; the moon has shadow, brightness, wax, and wane, it has been this way since the old. Only wish that men will last long, and share the moon when a thousand miles apart. 
That is all from us today but everyone at Qkids wishes our teachers a happy Mid-Autumn Festival!
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