5 Fun Mid-Autumn Festival Facts
We’re in the thick of Mid-Autumn Festival – the sound of drums and the clanging of symbols has saturated our sound waves for over a week now… Maybe longer if you live near one of the Lion Dance training facilities. But what is all of this sound and colour about? Here are 5 fun facts to get you a little more clued up as to what is going on and why.
1. Mid-Autumn Festival in China and Vietnam do not share the same history.
Vietnam has its own, very unique beginnings when it comes to the festival. It is said that the festival stems from the need to spend quality family time together after the long, hard harvesting season. Parents would get to spend very little time with their children during this period and were finally able to celebrate family-time and the harvest that they had just reaped under the light of the moon.
2. It’s also called the “Moon Festival”.
The reason for this is that you are currently witnessing the B I G G E S T full moon of the year!
3. Why the Lion Dance?
Truth be told, the Lion Dance isn’t actually specific to the Mid-Autumn Festival. The Lion Dance is also performed at weddings, New Year and other auspicious occasions and represents getting rid of bad vibes and welcoming good luck and fortune. Out with the old and in with the new (and hopefully ‘good’ too).
4. What is an appropriate gift to give someone for the Mid-Autumn Festival?
NOT YELLOW FLOWERS! Giving someone yellow flowers is only appropriate when someone has passed away but can be used at home for decorating.
For Adults: Roses, Lotus flowers and mooncakes are a win
For Children: Star/fish/butterfly lanterns and lucky money in a red envelope all feature on the ‘YES’ list of Mid-Autumn Festival gifts for kids. The star-shaped lantern is particularly popular amongst the local children. If you haven’t seen children, eyes filled with light and smiles spread wide across their faces with star-shaped lanterns in their hands over the weekend, then you’re probably reading this from abroad. 😉
5. This time of year is used to predict weather in the near future. Here’s how:
The Mid-Autumn Festival is not only a special occasion for families to gather and have fun. Farmers usually look up to the sky and predict their fortune and the weather of the following year during this time. If the Moon is yellow, their crop is going to flourish. However, a more blue or green moon is a less positive omen and represents weather and crops that aren’t worth looking forward to.
People also believe that if the Moon has a predominantly orange colour, that the country will be secure, peaceful and thrive over the next year.