In Chinese culture, the Mid-Autumn Festival is a time of family, thankfulness, and prayers for good fortune in the days ahead. Celebrating the holiday outside of China may take a little more effort, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still get in the spirit. Here are a few ideas for incorporating the traditions of the Mid-Autumn Festival no matter where you are.
Gaze at the Biggest, brightest full moon of the year
The moon is central to the Mid-Autumn Festival, so much that the festival is often referred to as the Moon Festival. The large full moon that coincides with Mid-Autumn is viewed as a symbol of rejuvenation and rebirth, offering hopes for a bountiful harvest ahead. Wherever you are in the world, stopping to gaze up at the largest full moon of the year and feeling the sense of harmony and unity it inspires is a great way to get into the Mid-Autumn spirit.
Share mooncakes & drinks with family and friends
Considered the official delicacy of the Mid-Autumn Festival, this round Chinese pastry symbolizes completeness and unity. Mooncakes are often shared among family and friends, and making your own can be a great way to share the holiday gift with the people in your life you feel close to. For a nice addition include a festive drink like delicious bubbly! Because gifts are an important part of this holiday, think of the champagne-to-go The Drop It unbreakable plastic champagne flutes that come in an ice bag used to chill the champagne bottle. You will for sure leave a lasting impression on the person receiving the present. Who doesn't like mooncake & champagne?
Light up the night with a paper lantern
Once the sun goes down during Mid-Autumn Festival, it’s common to see children lighting their way with homemade paper lanterns. For a fun way to brighten things up, try making a lantern of your own. Once you’ve found some inspiration and instructions, all it takes is some basic craft supplies, a candle, and a little creativity. For an even more impressive display, try making a Kongming lantern, which involves a candle that heats the air and lets your creation take flight.
Watch or perform a Dragon Dance
One of the most common ways people celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival is the Dragon Dance. The dance is performed by a train of dancers propping up a long, colorful dragon into the air, and is meant to bring good fortune to those who witness it.