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”.
I arrived there earlier so that I can explore the event flow. Hundreds of lanterns were standby at the information counter.
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.
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.
Beautiful handmade lanterns were found on each resting table which bring up the peaceful atmosphere of mid-autumn festival.
There was a booth that introduced the traditional foods that people will consume during the mid-autumn festival.
Some handmade rabbit-shape lanterns were placed at part of the garden as a them park.
There were lanterns that show the Hundred Chinese surnames – “Bai Jia Xing” were hanging on the tree as well.
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.
Well, the event started! Everyone was given a free paper lantern at the information counter.
There was a booth that teaching of 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.
There was a wishing pool for people to light up the candle in the paper-made boat or lotus.
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.
There was a booth that teaching people that to do the origami, traditional paper cutting, and Chinese knot as well.
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.
The center stage also provides seats for the visitors and having some interesting interactive activities there.
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.
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.