Mid-autumn Festival Preparations and Traditions

red lanterns hanged from branches of tree

The Mid-autumn festival is a notable celebration by Chinese people all around the world. It is also known as the Lantern Festival. Chinese people celebrate with their families by having a sumptuous dinner party. The date is decided according to the Gregorian calendar. Experts will locate the 8th month with the 15th day of the lunar calendar that has a full moon. In the Mid-autumn Festival, Chinese people celebrate by thanking the goddess of the moon for an abundant harvest. It also means a day for a union of the family. As early as possible, the Chinese must prepare for this iconic event. It is one of the most joyous occasion after the Chinese New Year.

Here are some of the preparations and traditions you can do for the Mid-Autumn Festival:

1. Venue

Since you will be celebrating with your whole family, it is best to pick a spacious area that can accommodate you. It is usually done at home or a restaurant. If you want to feel this season of thanksgiving to the gods, you may wish to have your celebration in your lawn where you can appreciate the bright round moon. If you do not have time to prepare the food, you may opt to have a family dinner in a restaurant.

2. Decorations

For your decors, you may make DIY lanterns with your kids. Make them colorful and fun! You can even order pre-made lanterns in stores and open them for hanging. A common tradition is placing your wish inside and letting it fly up by using a burning candle. This is called the Kongming lantern. Candles and incense must also be arranged and will be lighted to honor the gods and the departed relatives.

3. Food

Top view fried dumplings in a frying pan

Early on, you must list down the dishes that you will need to prepare. If you are celebrating in your house, you must prep the food and tables for your whole family to fit. Other family members can also contribute by bringing their homemade or procured dish. It is essential to keep everything in place and buy all the ingredients to make a smooth flow of the preparations. Cook all your dishes a few days before the festival.

4. Games

There may be a lot of kids during the celebration. You must have a list of games children can play and enjoy. Even adults can join in too. This can help you in flourishing your family’s affection and quality time.

5. Mooncake and Gifts

Since mooncakes are used as a symbol of the event, it will surely sell out days before the Mid-autumn Festival. If you order them, make sure to visit a delicious mooncake bakery. You can also bake your mooncakes. Follow a guide or seek the help of an expert when baking. Mooncakes are also given as gifts to friends and acquaintances. Use a good product packaging to present the gift well.

Chinese festivals are known to be a celebration of family and thanksgiving. Keep the significance of the event by preparing days ahead. Make sure to enjoy the presence of your family and give importance to your deceased loved ones on this blissful Mid-autumn festival.

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