As one of China’s most popular traditional festivals, the Mid-Autumn Festival is culturally significant and based on rich folk traditions. In celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival this year, our Six Arts Members enjoyed making traditional style moon cakes and painting lanterns in the Six Arts Museum.
The Mid-Autumn Festival originated from the ancients’ worship of astronomical phenomena. It evolved from ancient times when people worshipped the moon in late autumn. Admiring the moon, eating mooncakes and watching lantern shows has been the custom of Mid-Autumn Festivals ever since. These customs are still alive even today.
Mooncakes were ancient people’s offerings to the Moon God during Mid-Autumn. Later, people gradually took the custom of watching the moon and eating mooncakes as a symbol of family reunion.
In the great hall on the first floor of the Six Arts Museum, parents made snowy mooncakes together with their children. Kneading the dough, filling the stuffing, moulding, packing, the air was full of excitement and anticipation, and the children couldn’t wait to taste the hand made mooncakes.
After finishing the mooncakes, everyone went to the Six Arts Museum DIY Handicraft Center to make lovely cartoon lanterns.
The Mid-Autumn Festival is also one of China's three Lantern Festivals. Watching lantern shows is an essential Mid-Autumn custom. The colorful lanterns added to the gaiety of the festival.
Six Arts Museum is dedicated to integrating traditional culture into modern life. By celebrating Chinese traditional festivals and carrying forward outstanding folk culture, we hope that even more families can enjoy the happiness which comes from hands-on family handicraft activities.
A special thanks to our Six Arts Members for their participation and continuing support. We also look forward to meeting you at our next fun-filled handicraft activity.
Thanks to Mr. Zhang Zhiping for some of the wonderful photos