Mid Autumn Festival (or Moon Festival) is a Chinese traditional holiday celebrating the middle of Autumn (it has a story behind it which I won't attempt to elaborate here... wikipedia to the rescue) , and is considered one of the most important festivals of the year. I always found it somewhat like Thanksgiving - because both happen in the fall, and both are a time of year where family gather for a meal and enjoy quality time together. After dinner, families usually go to a nearby park or rooftop to gaze at the big round moon, share fruits and mooncakes, and play with lanterns. With the quiet evening and beautiful lanterns, Mid Autumn is always a relaxing and serene night.
The Mid Autumn Festival is coming up next week, so I went lantern hunting around traditional Chinese paper stores this weekend. Think Chinese version of Papyrus (or Paperchase, if you're from the UK). Modern day manufacturers sell plastic blow up lanterns, but I always find the traditional ones prettiest and most festive.
All the choices....!
[This bunny design has been an all-time favorite for generations. Looks kind of creepy but always makes me think of how back in the day kids used to find joy in such simple toys. No iPad, no iPhone, just pure imagination and creativity.]
[Making a tough choice. Goldfish, butterfly or bunny?]
I finally went with the good old miniature bunny lantern, made with the most delicate cellophane sheets. It's going to look so pretty in the dark all lit up!
The weekend is never long enough, but I'm going to be staring at this cute lantern for the coming week, looking forward to Mid Autumn fun next weekend. :)