Mid-Autumn Festival, Mooncake Festival and Lantern Festival – this traditional Chinese festival may be known by many names, but one thing’s for sure: it’s a celebration to be enjoyed with family and friends, wherever you may be in the world!
The origins of this festival date back over 2,000 years, as a time for people to give thanks for the autumn harvest. Another tradition that is linked to ancient times is worshipping the moon or the deities associated with it, like Chang’e, the beautiful moon goddess. Today, this festival is commemorated as a time for families and friends to come together after dark to admire the beauty of the full moon, light up colourful lanterns, savour delicious mooncakes and hot tea, and most of all, to enjoy each other’s company.
The Mid-Autumn Festival is a wonderful opportunity to share your childhood memories of this occasion with your children. Here are some activities you can bond over as they learn more about this festival:
1. Moon Lantern
The full moon is an important symbol of the Mid-Autumn Festival, with its round shape signifying completion and reunion. This is why the festival (among its many names) is also known as the ‘Reunion Festival’ – when families and friends reunite to spend quality time together under the light of the full moon.
You and your little ones can illuminate your Mid-Autumn celebrations by making your very own Moon Lantern with recycled items!
Download the printable instructionals here, and remember to share your creations with us via the hashtag #overseassingaporean!
2. Homemade Mooncakes
Whether it’s the classic baked version or colourful snowskin ones – no Mid-Autumn celebration would be complete without enjoying mooncakes! As the culinary highlight of the festival, it is customary to enjoy a mooncake or two while appreciating the moon’s beauty, along with a pot of tea to aid digestion.
Nothing tastes better than mooncakes handmade with love – so, with this in mind, Team OSU decided to take the art of snowskin mooncake making (literally) into our own hands at a recent team bonding session! We recommend referring to this recipe for the full list of ingredients and respective steps.
Here are some tips to guide your kids in making your very own snowskin mooncakes at home!
Remember to mix the dough well! This is to ensure that the snowskin is soft and smooth.
Remember to press the skin flat before wrapping it around the filling – you wouldn’t want the skin to overwhelm the taste of the actual mooncake!
Get creative! You can mix different coloured snowskin dough together for a marbled effect, or add Nutella or peanut butter to the filling for a modern twist.
We hope you and your family will enjoy a lovely Mid-Autumn Festival!