This Mid-Autumn Festival, spend some story time with your little ones and encourage them to learn more about this meaningful festival! Here are some of our favourite MAF-themed picture books!
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《过中秋》is a heart-warming story coupled with beautiful and detailed illustrations. Young readers will not only learn about the traditions associated with the Mid-Autumn Festival, they will also understand the essence of the festival, that is, the importance of family togetherness.
The dual narrative of the story also adds to the fun of reading, and draws young readers in as they follow the different protagonists preparing for and celebrating the festival.
(This lovely picture book is included in our MAF Special Issue, together with a wealth of resources and complementary activities!)
A common sight during the Mid-Autumn Festival is children carrying brightly lit lanterns around with enthusiasm. Instead of buying ready-made ones, why not take this opportunity to bond with your child by making your very own DIY lanterns! Here are some ideas which are simple to execute, yet meaningful and fun!
Time for family gathering and festivities leading to Mid-Autumn Festival! Learn more about this dazzling traditional festival that celebrates togetherness and abundance in our special MAF series!
Mid-Autumn Festival is just round the corner! Besides enjoying the yummy mooncakes, why not take this opportunity to let your child learn more about the Chinese culture too? Other than mooncakes, the other most common custom we practise in Singapore, which is also widely popular among young children, has got to be lantern-carrying!
Lanterns are associated with various Chinese festivals and have special significance on different occasions. Have a read on some of the more common ones!
人丁兴旺 Blessed with Many Offsprings
In Mandarin, the word 灯 sounds like丁, which refers to male descendants. Hence, people in the olden days typically write their family names on lanterns and hang them up at their doors, in the hope that their family will be blessed with many offsprings and a long family line.
国泰民安 Peace and Prosperity
During the Tang dynasty, it was a custom to hang up lanterns on the fifteenth day of the Chinese New Year, as the flickering light in the lanterns symbolizes good fortune, peace and prosperity for the country.
前途光明 A Bright Future
In the past, on the first day of school, parents will prepare a lantern for their children and ask their teacher to light them, symbolizing a bright future for their children.
Now that we understand the various significance of lanterns in the Chinese traditions, let’s look forward to making our very own lanterns with our kids! Stay tuned for our creative DIY lanterns guide coming up soon!
Spend a meaningful MAF with your child this year with our Dandelion special issue!