Mid Autumn Festival 2021 | 中秋节及其现代意义

Mooncake Festival 2021 | Jocelyn Chinese Tuition

大家好!相信大家看了看以上的照片与标题就知道我们今天的主题了吧!没错,中秋节到了,又是吃月饼的时候哦。大家有没有像我一样都很渴望每年的这个时候吃上冰凉凉的饼皮月饼,或含有着咸蛋的传统月饼呀?

Hello everyone! I believe you would have guessed the topic for today just by reading the title and looking at the picture! That’s right, it’s Mid Autumn Festival 2021, and the time for mooncakes have come. Are any of you like me? Looking forward to this time of the year every year just to eat some snow skin mooncakes or perhaps some traditional mooncakes with salted egg yolks! They’re really delicious. 😍

今天呢,我们来从一个比较摩登的角度来谈一下中秋节。中秋节如今在现代到底对我们有什么意义?我邀请大家跟我来一起探索这个问题哦!话不多说,我们快来看看如今的中秋节是怎样的。

Today, let’s take a look at Mid-Autumn Festival from a modern perspective. What meaning does Mid-Autumn Festival actually hold for us today? Let me share my views with you! Without further ado, let us jump into the topic!

现代社会的中秋节 Modern Day

相信对于很多青少年来说,中秋节并不具备真正的意义。吃月饼这个习俗,也似乎只是为了追求一种仪式感,而不是真的为了传承华族文化。如今的中秋节,众多传统的庆祝方法已销声匿迹,或只有部分群体知晓。例如,在古代的中秋节,人们都会“赏月”、“追月”、“赏桂花糕”、“饮桂花酒”等。但在今天的新加坡,这些习俗是极少见的。就连我们较熟悉的“提灯笼”,“猜灯谜”也未必有人会玩。

Today, the traditional ways of celebrating Mid Autumn Festival are disappearing, and only few people know and practice them. In the past, people would “admire” the moon, “chase” the moon, “enjoy” osmanthus jelly, and even “drink” osmanthus wine. However, we don’t see much of that in today’s society, not even activities like playing with lanterns or solving riddles. To many teenagers my age, Mid-Autumn Festival might hold little to no meaning. Even if we do eat mooncake on this festival, it’s likely not because we wanted to honour traditions. Most of us simply follow what our parents do or use this opportunity to snap shots of Instagram-worthy mooncakes. Chinese traditional festivals seem to be a thing of the past, and many youngsters struggle to find the meaning behind them.

传统节庆意义的流失 Loss of Meaning

Mid Autumn Festival 2021

在这科技发达、人手一机的时代,许多人的想法几乎都是“如果能用机器代替,那就尽管用!”。随着科技逐步渗透我们的生活,像灯笼这种东西都改为用机器制作(有些还带有LED灯哦)。像“扎灯笼”的这种传统做法,已经被新时代给逐渐淘汰了。几乎没有现代人会愿意坐在一个地方,花一两个小时来扎灯笼了。

With the advancement in technology today, everyone would hold a personal electronic device, be it’s a phone or a tablet. And because of this, many things have changed over the years, including traditions. In today’s era, people’s thinking would most likely be “If it can be taken over by technology, do it!” Hence, even lantern making these days are done by machines for mass production  (in which some may even have LED lights). Traditional methods like using bamboo and paper to make lanterns are being displaced by the modern and more efficient methods. Almost no one would be willing to sit down for 1-2 hours to make a lantern. They would just use store-bought ones.

还有一点,就是我觉得现代人认为以前的传统方法太土了。如今的“赏月”对于多数人可能只是看着一个圆圆的月亮,并无意义。在古代,古人都能为了赏月而站一晚。如今,我们连看一眼都懒得看,更何况赏?

Another point in my opinion is that people today feel that traditional methods are too “old-school”. Take the action of admiring the moon for example. People today wouldn’t even look at it. However in the past, people could stand there the entire night just admiring the moon. 

Mid Autumn Festival 2021

其实,虽然中秋节的意义在现今社会中产生了变化,但是我们华人仍旧把它视为一个阖家团圆的聚会。即使没有铺张的庆祝活动,我们还是能借由佳节来和亲人朋友共度时光。而我们有科技产品在手,要想与家人团圆就更便利了!中秋节前夕,我们可以与亲朋好友们视讯,通过Whastapp或是Zoom来闲聊,了解彼此的近况。中秋做什么、吃什么也可以成为我们谈天的话题。聊聊儿时庆祝的点滴,未尝不是一件有趣的事?

对我来说,节庆的根本意义,在于拉近家人的关系。希望大家就算不喜欢提灯笼或是吃月饼,也要在佳节期间向家人表达关爱。尤其是疫情期间,我们的生活都发生了天翻地覆的改变,大家也都在各方面面对全新的挑战。趁此佳节,让我们一起和家人团聚,在月圆之日与挚爱的亲人相伴,扶持着彼此度过这次的危机吧! 

Though the meaning behind Mid Autumn Festival has evolved over the years, Chinese still view it as a day for reunion. We can have a simple gathering with our families, without having to plan for elaborated activities. With technology advancements, we’re now able to conveniently connect with our family and friends, even in the comforts of our own homes! With Mid Autumn Festival 2021 drawing near, we should tap on online platforms like Whatsapp and Zoom to video chat with our loved ones. Chatting about how we celebrated Mid Autumn during our childhood years might be a fun thing to do as well! Furthermore, I strongly believe that keeping the traditions alive is very important as they serve as roots to our identity. Only through remembering our roots can we grow and reach out for a better future. 

In my opnion, the true meaning of festives will always Kinship and Friendship. Even if we dislike eating mooncakes or playing with lanterns, we should still express our love to our family members. This is especially important now as we’re facing a global pandemic. Many of us face new challenges and need the utmost support from our families.

Curious about what Singaporen Chinese culture encompasses other than Mid Autumn? Visit the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre website to find out more!

好了,今天就写到这,我们下次见!在这里,祝大家中秋节快乐!
See you all next time! Last but not least, I wish you all a happy Mid Autumn Festival! Bye!

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