Here at White Lodge, we hope to instill an appreciation of the different cultural practices and festivals in children. This is in line with our core value of respecting our world. We share similarities and celebrate differences. This wonderful melting pot of cultural practices is what makes White Lodge unique. On a beautiful Saturday morning, the children, families and staff at White Lodge came together to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival at the Chinese Gardens.
The Mid-Autumn Festival: The Mid-Autumn Festival, also called the Chinese Moon Festival, is one of the most important annual festivals for the Chinese people (in addition to the Spring Festival, aka Chinese New Year). Most importantly, it is a day for family reunion. This lively festival takes place on the 15th day of the 8th Chinese lunar month every year. Full of joy and happiness, friends and loved ones gather to celebrate a time when the moon is at its fullest and brightest of the whole year, and everyone gathers together to delight in eating moon cakes and appreciating the spectacular beauty of the full moon. The traditional food for mid-autumn festival is the moon cake which is round and symbolizes reunion.
The Legend: Lady Chang’E and Hou Yi The tradition of family gathering and moon gazing in the evening of Mid-Autumn Festival is associated with the folklore tale of the Chinese moon goddess, Chang’E. Legend has it that Chang’E levitated all the way to the moon when she swallowed the elixir of life. Her only companion on the lunar surface was a rabbit. The principals and all our Mandarin teachers got together to share the legend of Lady Chang’E and Hou Yi. Perfectly decked in their special costumes, props and accessories for the short play this morning, the legend came to life for the children and families to enjoy.