Our family has embarked on virtual travels to various countries and regions. To explore these countries and their cultures, we have followed along with the festivals, cooked and eaten traditional foods, learned of traditional handicrafts with hands on exploration, along with many activities to immerse ourselves. Chronicled here are some of these activities.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Mid-Autumn Moon Festival: Moon Lantern Tutorials



Lanterns are also a big part of the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival celebrations. From simple paper lanterns children play with at home to elaborate larger than life lantern displays in Hong Kong, Chang-E and the moon are honored with luminous displays. 

To learn more about the Mid-Autumn festival and the moon goddess Chang-E, you can read our earlier post here.


Photo Credit: Casual Chin
We decided to make our own Moon Festival lanterns out of tissue paper and using LED candles. If you'd like to make a lantern of your own, you can follow one of our tutorials below. We also made various lanterns during the Chinese New Year, which can be found here, here, and here. Yes, we do like lanterns :)


Jade Rabbit Lantern


Pea and I made Jade Rabbit lanterns to float around. 
You can find our tutorial on the link below:

Mid-Autumn Lantern


Elle made this rectangular Mid-Autumn lantern. 
You can find our tutorial by clicking on the link below:


Grace Lin, author and illustrator of many childrens books that focus on the Chinese culture, including her Mid-Autumn festival picture book "Thanking The Moon" also has a great tutorial with printable template for a simple Jade Rabbit lantern that can be found on her blog here.


Photo Source: Grace Lin Blog
This week, we'll be preparing for the moon festival by reading bookstasting mooncakes and learning how they are made, making lanterns to hang on sticks, reading and writing poetry about the moon, and honoring the moon on the 19th with tea, mooncakes, and pomelos. 


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11 comments:

  1. What lovely lanterns. Too late for me to make them now... sigh but I can get some cakes lol.

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    1. I hope you have fun tonight! Happy Moon Festival!

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  2. They are so beautiful. Thank you for all the great tutorials. I have a special fondness for rabbits, so I am excited.

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    1. Thank you Phyllis! We had fun making them :) I'd love to see them if you make some!

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  3. Such beautiful lanterns. I especially love the fall one. We loved Grace Lin's Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. I hadn't realised she wrote picture books, too - they look lovely. Thank you, as usually, for more interesting insights into Chinese culture :-) Lucinda

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    1. Thanks Lucinda! Pea read Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, but Elle and I haven't gotten around to it yet, though I am looking forward to it, I've heard only great reviews about it.

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  4. Lovely laterns! I know Chiquita would love this - maybe next year! Thanks for linking up with Creative Kids Culture Blog Hop!

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  5. You are more than welcome to link to me at Best4Future Wednesday link-up party #2:http://www.best4future.com/blog/best4future-wednesday-link-up-party-2

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  6. The Jade Rabbit lantern is so cool! Hopping over from All Things Beautiful.

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    1. Thank you Ticia, and thanks for hopping by!

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