Wednesday, September 18

THE FAIRMONT FIVE celebrating moon festival

Fairmont has a wonderfully diverse student body and we love it when families share their cultural heritage with our students.  On Thursday, September 19 many of our Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese families will be celebrating the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival. On the 15th day of the 8th lunar month, the moon is at its maximum brightness for the entire year—thereby the name Moon Festival. During the Moon Festival, families celebrate by gathering together with family and friends, giving thanks for a good harvest, and praying for prosperity and for a good future (kind of like the traditional American Thanksgiving celebration). 

In Vietnam, the Moon Festival is also the country's Children Day. On that day, Vietnamese children parade around the neighborhood wearing festive clothing. Each child carries a uniquely shaped lantern and greets each other with words of best wishes and of good luck. The tradition is not unlike that of Halloween in the United States, without the "trick or treat" part. Here are some fun ways you can share this holiday with your children:
  1. Enjoy a little moon-gazing before bedtime
  2. Read Thanking the Moon
  3. Craft a Chinese lantern
  4. Visit your local China town 
  5. Share a mooncake

Image credit:
Contributed by Danyelle, Fairmont Private Schools

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