A Crash Course On Mid Autumn Festival

A Crash Course On Mid Autumn Festival

Also called Moon Festival, here's some info on one of Asia's biggest holidays.
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A few weeks ago, a major holiday in Asian culture passed called Mid-Autumn Festival. In Chinese, it's called 中秋节 (Zhong Qiu Jie), in Vietnamese, it's called Tet Trung Thu... this could go on forever so I'll stop here. Anyway, this holiday, or a similar one, is celebrated across the majority of Asia. Because of this holiday's major influence, I thought I would give a short crash course for all those who don't know of it!

1. It's also called Moon Festival

The moon on this night is said to be the brightest and fullest of the year! The origin of this festival is also heavily focused on the moon, which is why variants of the holiday's name often have "moon" in it.


2. Mooncakes are the staple food of the holiday

On Thanksgiving there is turkey and on Mid Autumn there are mooncakes! Mooncakes are round pastries typically filled with red bean or lotus seed paste and other things! The round shape represents togetherness and the reunion of families. Many mooncakes have Chinese characters stamped on the top of them to further signify the many meanings of the mooncake.

3. The festival's origin has many legends/stories tied to it

The most popular legend about Mid Autumn festival goes like so: Long ago, there were 10 suns in the sky. The suns were burning down all the plants and people were dying from the excessive heat. So, an archer named Hou Yi shot down one of the suns and the earth was saved. As a reward, the Queen gave him a bottle of elixir to make him immortal. However, he didn't desire to be immortal but one of his students did. The student tried to steal the bottle from him when he wasn't home, so his lover, Chang E was the only one to protect the bottle. Faced with the student, Chang E decided to drink the bottle to prevent him from taking it but it made her fly to the moon where she would stay forever. To remember her, Hou Yi would worship the moon. Even now, people still look for her image on the moon as it's said she still lives there! Really interesting, right?

4. Lanterns are another staple to the holiday

A common activity for the festival is to make lanterns! You can, of course, buy them, but where's the fun? In certain cities in Asia, they release all their lanterns into the sky as part of the celebration of the festival.


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15 Things Only Lake People Will Understand

There's no other place you'd rather be in the summer.
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The people that spend their summers at the lake are a unique group of people. Whether you grew up going to the lake, have only recently started going, or have only been once or twice, you know it takes a certain kind of person to be a lake person. To the long-time lake people, the lake holds a special place in your heart, no matter how dirty the water may look. Every year when summer rolls back around, you can't wait to fire up the boat and get back out there. Here is a list of things you can probably identify with as a fellow lake-goer.

1. A bad day at the lake is still better than a good day not at the lake.

It's your place of escape, where you can leave everything else behind and just enjoy the beautiful summer day. No matter what kind of week you had, being able to come and relax without having to worry about anything else is the best therapy there is. After all, there's nothing better than a day of hanging out in the hot sun, telling old funny stories and listening to your favorite music.

2. You know the best beaches and coves to go to.

Whether you want to just hang out and float or go walk around on a beach, you know the best spots. These often have to be based on the people you're with, given that some "party coves" can get a little too crazy for little kids on board. I still have vivid memories from when I was six that scared me when I saw the things drunk girls would do for beads.

3. You have no patience for the guy who can’t back his trailer into the water right.

When there's a long line of trucks waiting to dump their boats in the water, there's always that one clueless guy who can't get it right, and takes 5 attempts and holds up the line. No one likes that guy. One time my dad got so fed up with a guy who was taking too long that he actually got out of the car and asked this guy if he could just do it for him. So he got into the guy's car, threw it in reverse, and got it backed in on the first try. True story.

4. Doing the friendly wave to every boat you pass.

Similar to the "jeep wave," almost everyone waves to other boats passing by. It's just what you do, and is seen as a normal thing by everyone.

5. The cooler is always packed, mostly with beer.

Alcohol seems to be a big part of the lake experience, but other drinks are squeezed into the room remaining in the cooler for the kids, not to mention the wide assortment of chips and other foods in the snack bag.

6. Giving the idiot who goes 30 in a "No Wake

Zone" a piece of your mind.

There's nothing worse than floating in the water, all settled in and minding your business, when some idiot barrels through. Now your anchor is loose, and you're left jostled by the waves when it was nice and perfectly still before. This annoyance is typically answered by someone yelling some choice words to them that are probably accompanied by a middle finger in the air.

7. You have no problem with peeing in the water.

It's the lake, and some social expectations are a little different here, if not lowered quite a bit. When you have to go, you just go, and it's no big deal to anyone because they do it too.

8. You know the frustration of getting your anchor stuck.

The number of anchors you go through as a boat owner is likely a number that can be counted on two hands. Every once in a while, it gets stuck on something on the bottom of the lake, and the only way to fix the problem is to cut the rope, and you have to replace it.

9. Watching in awe at the bigger, better boats that pass by.

If you're the typical lake-goer, you likely might have an average sized boat that you're perfectly happy with. However, that doesn't mean you don't stop and stare at the fast boats that loudly speed by, or at the obnoxiously huge yachts that pass.

10. Knowing any swimsuit that you own with white in it is best left for the pool or the ocean.

You've learned this the hard way, coming back from a day in the water and seeing the flowers on your bathing suit that were once white, are now a nice brownish hue.

11. The momentary fear for your life as you get launched from the tube.

If the driver knows how to give you a good ride, or just wants to specifically throw you off, you know you're done when you're speeding up and heading straight for a big wave. Suddenly you're airborne, knowing you're about to completely wipe out, and you eat pure wake. Then you get back on and do it all again.

12. You're able to go to the restaurants by the water wearing minimal clothing.

One of the many nice things about the life at the lake is that everybody cares about everything a little less. Rolling up to the place wearing only your swimsuit, a cover-up and flip flops, you fit right in. After a long day when you're sunburned, a little buzzed, and hungry, you're served without any hesitation.

13. Having unexpected problems with your boat.

Every once in a while you're hit with technical difficulties, no matter what type of watercraft you have. This is one of the most annoying setbacks when you're looking forward to just having a carefree day on the water, but it's bound to happen. This is just one of the joys that come along with being a boat owner.

14. Having a name for your boat unique to you and your life.

One of the many interesting things that make up the lake culture is the fact that many people name their boats. They can range from basic to funny, but they are unique to each and every owner, and often have interesting and clever meanings behind them.

15. There's no better place you'd rather be in the summer.

Summer is your all-time favorite season, mostly because it's spent at the lake. Whether you're floating in the cool water under the sun, or taking a boat ride as the sun sets, you don't have a care in the world at that moment. The people that don't understand have probably never experienced it, but it's what keeps you coming back every year.


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5 Ways To Enjoy Your Last Summer Before Graduation As Told By 'New Girl'

Take advantage of your final student loan free moments.
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And it has arrived, the last summer before you're officially interacting in the adult world and well, adulting. The last summer you won't be required to work a majority of the week and probably participate in a 9-5 day. The last summer to be careless before the student loan payments hit and the bills demand your attention... here are five ways to capitalize on your carefree warm days as told by "New Girl."

1. Can you get by on part-time work?

Listen, people, if you can swing it on part-time, DO IT. This is probably the last time in your twenties you can get by with the bare minimum of minimum wage, part-time. Take full advantage of all the free time you can and enjoy that social life!!

2. Sleeping in

Okay, since you'll be working the bare minimum, time to capitalize on those extra hours of sleep. Ditch the alarm and enjoy one last time what it's like to not be up at the crack of dawn on a weekday.

3. Drink, drink & drink

So, drinking & partying it up is an obvious to-do. And, since you have time you can sleep off the hangover the next morning or better yet, drink off the pain of last night's drinks. Stay golden.

4. Spontaneous adventures

Take advantage of your time, if that means taking off for a sporadic random road trip or escaping for the day, do it! Adventure the hell out of this summer, what's stopping you? You won't regret it in the fall when you're stuck in the library.

5. Weekday beach days

Saturday morning beach traffic can really kill a vibe. So, enjoy these final moments of soaking up the sun on carefree weekdays while the rest of the adult world is stuck working. The beach is so much more enjoyable anyways when you have it to yourself.

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