Whenever we bring up the topic of the mid-autumn festival to friends, some of them will likely have some hard time recalling what it is about. What do we usually do next? Substitute “mid-autumn” to “mooncake” and everyone magically remember it (you can blame them on only remember about food because it is our primary need). If it still doesn’t work, try “lantern”.
Unlikely someone can remember the meaning and stories behind the mid-autumn festival. We only know we have to enjoy mooncake(s), light up some lantern (have you notice the paper made candle lit type of lantern are being replaced by high-tech inflatable LED lantern with many awesome designs) and visit places like Gardens By The Bay, Chinatown, and Chinese Garden to enjoy great lighting display.
What is Mid-Autumn Festival all about?
Cutting the history lesson short (I also believe you can find the story on many videos and I’m surprised that the Korean and Vietnamese celebrate mid-autumn fest too), it about an ancient love story where a lady flew to the mook with a rabbit.
What is the true meaning behind the celebration?
Reunions with family and friends – as the day is about the celebration of harvest (ancient farms are run by family and friends unlike commercial family nowadays). And the full moon also signifies harmony and unity.
Why do we do these on Mid-Autumn Festival?
Carrying lantern – it symbolizes fertility (be it in harvest or reproduction)
Mooncake – it symbolizes reunion (apply only to round shape mooncake as round shape represent completeness).
Do you know?
You can pray to the moon to fulfill your love wishes.
What should you do?
There are many events happening during mid-autumn festival in Singapore or around your community. If there isn’t, why not grab your family and a friend or two out and enjoy the great natural (remember to check out the full moon, unless you are some werewolves). Life is not just about social media and Pokemon go. Let’s Pow Wow!