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9/23/20232 min read

The Mid-Autumn Festival is a special day when families gather to eat mooncakes and look at the full moon, celebrating the story of Hou Yi, the heroic archer, and his wife Chang'e, who lives on the moon. The story of the rabbit is more commonly associated with the Mid-Autumn Festival in Chinese culture rather than Vietnamese culture. In Chinese folklore, there's a famous tale about a Jade Rabbit that lives on the moon. The Jade Rabbit is said to be a companion to Chang'e, the lady who lives on the moon.

I'm a Canadian teacher who has had the wonderful opportunity to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival in both China and Vietnam! During this special time, we get to enjoy a week long school holiday.

Kids celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival in various fun and festive ways.
Here's how they typically celebrate:

  1. Mooncakes: Kids get excited about eating delicious mooncakes. These are special pastries filled with sweet or savory fillings like lotus seed paste, red bean paste, or even egg yolks. They come in many shapes and sizes, often with intricate designs on top.

  2. Lanterns: Children often carry colorful lanterns in the evening. These lanterns can be made from various materials like paper, plastic, or even traditional bamboo and silk. They come in various shapes and designs, from animals to cartoon characters.

  3. Family Gatherings: The Mid-Autumn Festival is a time for family reunions. Kids get to spend time with their parents, grandparents, and other relatives. They may have special dinners and enjoy mooncakes together.

  4. Moon Gazing: One of the highlights for kids is looking at the full moon. Families often go to open areas or parks to gaze at the bright, full moon. This is a time for storytelling and sharing the legends associated with the festival.

  5. Games and Activities: Kids may participate in various games and activities, such as solving riddles written on lanterns, playing with traditional toys like spinning tops, or even performing in lantern parades.

  6. Dragon and Lion Dances: In some communities, there are dragon and lion dance performances. Kids enjoy watching these colorful and lively dances.

  7. Cultural Performances: Some schools or communities organize cultural performances, including traditional songs, dances, and even talent shows featuring kids.

  8. Crafts: Children might engage in craft activities related to the festival, like making their lanterns or decorating paper masks.

  9. Giving Gifts: It's a tradition for adults to give small gifts, such as toys or money in red envelopes (hongbao or lai see), to children during the festival.


Overall, the Mid-Autumn Festival is a time for kids to have fun, enjoy delicious treats, and spend quality time with their families while celebrating the beauty of the moon.


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