Mid-Autumn Festival: A Sweet Reunion
Mid-Autumn Festival (also known as Moon festival) is celebrated by the Chinese community by worshipping the moon. This festivity symbolises reunion, which is why families come together and commemorate the historic traditions. Mid-Autumn Festival embarks on September 13 this year.
The revival of a 3000-year-old History
Mid-Autumn festival came into existence over 3000 years back during Shang Dynasty. During the time, there was a strong belief amongst the emperors that worshipping the full moon would win them a rich harvest. Later, during the Western Zhou Dynasty, sacrificial offerings were bejewelled into the practice to impress the Lunar goddess and are carried out to this day.
Permeating Radiance of the Moon Goddess
The most popular folklore tale around the festival is about the Chinese Moon goddess Chang’e, who is revered for an act of bravery. As per the tale, Chang’e levitated to the moon when she overdosed on an elixir of life that was about to get robbed from her husband. It’s believed that she is now on the moon accompanied by a rabbit and a man who is condemned to a Sisyphean tree-cutting.
A Sweet Tradition
Like every Chinese festival, the Mid-Autumn Festival has its own special food – moon cake. It symbolises reunion as ‘round’ translates to ‘reunion’ in Chinese languages. Moon cakes come in a variety of fillings and artistic patterns and reflect good luck and wishes. These scrumptious cookies are sacrificial offerings to the moon and are savoured by the celebrators.
Bright lights. Brighter Smiles.
On the day of the festival, lanterns light up the entire skyline. The widely popular Fire Dragon Dance exhilarates the people and uplifts their mood higher. There are many indulgences organised for families to enjoy together on this glimmering night. However, the brightest of them all are the smiles of the people as they reunite with their families and light up lanterns. If you’ve never experienced this festival before then take the first step by celebrating Mid-Autumn festival with your colleagues and friends. Gift them a moon cake and relish the smile that lights up their face. And hey, don’t forget to wish them “Chong Chew Jia Quie La”!