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. 😍
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
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
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.
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
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!
See you all next time! Last but not least, I wish you all a happy Mid Autumn Festival! Bye!