The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival, is a Chinese celebration of the moon and autumn harvest. The Festival falls in the middle of the 8th month of the Chinese lunar calendar, coinciding with a full moon. Though every family has their own traditions, here are a few ideas for how you can celebrate with yours!
Learn about the Mid-Autumn Festival
Whether you always celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival or you’re looking to learn more, books and movies are a fun way to help your kids engage with this celebration. “Moon Festival Wishes” by Jillian Lin follows the story of Mei as she helps her family prepare for the Mid-Autumn Festival. Perfect for kids aged 2 to 6, the beautiful illustrations and heartwarming story will captivate kids and parents alike! Another great book for the kiddos is “Thanking the Moon” by Grace Lin.
In the mood for a movie? Try watching Over the Moon on Netflix! This family-friendly feature follows Fei Fei as she builds a rocket in hopes of flying to the moon to meet the moon goddess. Uplifting and informative, it’s the perfect funducational film for a Friday family movie night! (P.S. This Fei Fei doll is too awesome!)
Bake mooncakes from scratch
One of the best parts of any holiday is sharing a tasty treat with loved ones! Mooncakes are definitely one of the yummiest reasons to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival. We love this recipe by chef and food blogger Catherine Zhang. Creamy custard and fresh strawberries? Sign us up!
Buy mooncakes from a local bakery
Not ready to try making your own mooncakes? No problem! Support a local bakery by purchasing mooncakes from these amazing bakeries across the country:
- Los Angeles: Phoenix Bakery
- San Francisco: Eastern Bakery
- New York: Tai Pan Bakery
- Houston: IBUN Bakery
- Dallas: Jeng Chi Restaurant
- Philadelphia: A La Mousse Cake & Cafe
- Chicago: Chiu Quon Bakery
- Boston: Great Taste Bakery & Restaurant
Make your own lanterns
In addition to mooncakes, lanterns are also a hallmark of the Mid-Autumn Festival. This tutorial shows you how to transform household items like paper plates and doilies into adorable rabbit lanterns. Not feeling crafty? No worries! Spruce up your space with this gorgeous set of paper lanterns (And the best part? You don’t have to break out the scissors and glue!).
Hosting a gathering for the Mid-Autumn Festival? This Gold Foil Lanterns invitation is the perfect way to let your loved ones know.
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