Journey to the Moon Palace

Every year, the students of the Chinese Society Club of Nanyang Technological University will organise a mid-autumn festival celebrating event at the Yunan Garden of NTU. The topic of this year event is “Journey to the Moon Palace”.

Main Entance
Main Entance

I arrived there earlier so that I can explore the event flow. Hundreds of lanterns were standby at the information counter.

Lanterns
Lanterns

Let’s move around and see what they got before the event started. 

The organiser pasted the cute rabbit decoration on the queueing line for most of the booth. However, they were single sided.

Queueing Line Decoration
Queueing Line Decoration

The Yunan garden has many drainages along the walk path, the organiser is so thoughtful and place some candles in the drainages to aware the visitors.

Thoughtful Candle
Thoughtful Candle

Beautiful handmade lanterns were found on each resting table which bring up the peaceful atmosphere of mid-autumn festival.

Handmade Lantern
Handmade Lantern

There was a booth that introduced the traditional foods that people will consume during the mid-autumn festival.

Traditional Food - Grapefruit
Traditional Food – Grapefruit
Traditional Food - Piglet Moon Cake
Traditional Food – Piglet Moon Cake
Traditional Moon Cake
Traditional Moon Cake
Traditional Food - Sunflower Seed
Traditional Food – Sunflower Seed

Some handmade rabbit-shape lanterns were placed at part of the garden as a them park.

Handmade Lantern
Handmade Lantern

There were lanterns that show the Hundred Chinese surnames – “Bai Jia Xing” were hanging on the tree as well.

"Bai Jia Xing" Lanterns
“Bai Jia Xing” Lanterns

There were few people-height paper cut silhouettes, and the below is the main role of the mid-autumn festival – the fairy of the moon, Chang Er.

Chang Er - The Fairy of the Moon
Chang Er – The Fairy of the Moon

Well, the event started! Everyone was given a free paper lantern at the information counter.

Free Lanterns Given
Free Lanterns Given

There was a booth that teaching of lantern making.

Lantern Making
Lantern Making

During the mid-autumn festival, besides the lantern, another main character is definitely the moon cake! The organiser held another booth to teach people how to make the moon cake as well.

Mooncake Making
Mooncake Making

There was a wishing pool for people to light up the candle in the paper-made boat or lotus.

Wishing Pool
Light Up
Wishing Pool
Wishing Pool

Lantern riddle is a traditional game during the mid-autumn festival. The riddle is written on a paper and hang below the lantern. People who get the answer correctly will be rewarded.

Lantern Riddle
Lantern Riddle

There was a booth that teaching people that to do the origami, traditional paper cutting, and Chinese knot as well.

Lotus Origami
Lotus Origami
Traditional Paper Cutting
Traditional Paper Cutting
Traditional Chinese Knot
Traditional Chinese Knot

There was another booth that demonstrated the tea ceremony and invited the visitors to taste the tea. The tea ceremony a.k.a. Way of Tea, is a cultural activity that involving the ceremony of preparation and presentation of tea. Tea is the essential drink of the mid-autumn festival as well because it can help people to eliminate the oil that consumed via the moon cake and other snacks.

Tea Ceremony
Way of Tea

The center stage also provides seats for the visitors and having some interesting interactive activities there.

Act and Guess
Act and Guess
“Xiang Sheng"
“Xiang Sheng” – Crosstalk

The Journey to the Moon Palace is so successful this year. It attracted tons of people regardless of ages and races to participate the event together, it did not only bring the fun to the local families, and to the foreign students as well.

Calligraphy Lantern
Calligraphy Lantern

3 hours of the event spent a whole year of planning and preparation. Wish them have a successful event again in the following years. Cheers.

Ending
Ending

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