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!
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