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Happy Mid-Autumn Festival! (zhōng qiū jié 中秋节!)

Mid-Autumn festival is quite a big celebration in China – Monday is a public holiday 😀

My students couldn’t wait to get on the bus, the train or the airplane to head home for a family reunion on Mid-Autumn Day or zhōng qiū jié (中秋节). According to them, they would have a big dinner with their immediate and extended family members, eat moon cakes or yuè bǐng (月饼) and perhaps appreciate the full moon when it appears.

Sounds like a simple celebration, right?

But the students sound really excited when they describe it because they miss their parents dearly and can’t wait to rush home! I thought it’s really sweet.

This year, I decided to introduce moon cakes to the kids. After all, they are Chinese and it’s good for them to appreciate some Chinese culture.

Shopping around the supermarket, I found some Disney moon cakes:

Cartoon character moon cakes are all the rage here as I think enterprising companies are banking on the popularity of cartoon characters like Hello Kitty, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Winnie the Pooh.

Many of the younger generation do not appreciate traditional cultures like eating boring, round moon cakes so I guess having the moon cakes with imprints of their favourite cartoon characters may increase the appeal?

After all, Hello Kitty can be seen EVERYWHERE…

I bought some simple moon cakes but the maid tells me that the kids didn’t like them. I can’t quite recall the flavours I’ve got – I had trouble understanding what the salesperson told me 😛

Looks like I may just have to get some Disney moon cakes myself. I hope that they taste as good as they look.

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!

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  • Paik Ling September 12, 2011, 1:57 pm

    Happy mid autumn festival to you! I’m looking forward to knocking off early and going home to play lanterns with the kiddos (#1 and #2 devour mooncakes like nobody’s business). #3 spits it out lol

  • Kit September 13, 2011, 10:31 pm

    Paik Ling – Strangely, lanterns are not played here during the Mid-Autumn festival. They’re popular during the Chinese New Year though!