Mid Autumn Festival falls on the 15th day of the eighth month of the Chinese calendar. This is usually either in September or early October. Mid Autumn Festival is a popular festival celebrated by Chinese. It is also known as Mooncake Festival or Zhongqiujie (中秋节).
I still remember when I was a kid, my father and mother would take my siblings and I to the beach during this festival. This was the only time when we got to play with fire and candles without being scolded. We had so much fun playing, chatting and eating mooncake (a traditionally Chinese pastry made of wheat flour with sweet fillings) together.
When I grew up, I didn’t play with candles and lanterns at the beach anymore. But this year was special because I got the chance to do it again! I was so excited and I kept on praying for good weather. The crowd was not as big as I expected and remembered. Back then, the beach was flooded with people and getting a good spot on the beach was way too difficult.
We did not come up with anything fancy, we just dug a few holes and put some candles in. Then, we lighted up some paper lanterns. It was simple but I liked it a lot. Looking at the light, feeling the sea breeze and listening to the sound of waves made me happy.
Besides staying at my spot, I had a walk around. I saw a few groups of people lighting up Kongming lanterns. Kongming lanterns are the ones which rise when heated by hot air. They’re popular nowadays. Some people write down their wishes on the lantern before lighting it up.
I had a really great time hanging out at the beach. I am looking forward for next year’s Mid Autumn Festival.