Arty Smarty: Happy Mid Autumn 2017

While reading, enjoy this melodious song originally sung by Teresa Teng (This version is by Faye Wong). It is a popular song to sing during Mid Autumn Celebrations.

Every year, we celebrate Mid Autumn Festival (中秋节) on the 15th day of the 8th month on the Chinese Lunar calendar. On this night of the full moon, families gather for feasts and traditional activities such as lunar appreciation (赏月), lantern-carrying, savouring mooncakes (an indispensable Chinese delicacy), and listening to tales surrounding this day. One such story (嫦娥奔月) is that of Chang Er , the wife of an archer Hou Yi, who drank the elixir of immortality and flew to the moon. Legend has it that when you look at the full moon on the day of the Mid Autumn celebrations, you can see the shape of Chang Er and the Jade Rabbit.

Children would enjoy walking at night with their paper lanterns, or modern-day versions of lanterns. Let’s go old-school and make a variation of the traditional Mid Autumn lantern!

What you need:

Cellophane paper

transparent book wrap

scissors

gluestick

Method:

  1. Stack the cellophane paper together, and fold it half. Fold it in half again to make a quarter. Using a scissors, cut out various shapes/patterns on the cellophane.

2. Open up the folded cellophane papers. You can cut them into smaller rectangles to create more patterns.

3. Put glue onto the transparent book wrap (measured to desired size).

4. Paste the cellophane papers onto the book wrap in your desired design. Loosely roll the transparent wrap, and stick the two ends together.

5. Shine a torch through, or attach strings to a long stick to carry your lantern!

Tag us on Instagram #BloomSchoolDIY and show us your creations!

Hope you enjoyed making your very own lantern! On behalf of Bloom School of Music & Arts, here’s wishing everyone,

皓月闪烁,星光闪耀,中秋佳节,美满快乐!

A bright moon and stars twinkle and shine.

Wishing you a merry Mid-Autumn Festival, bliss, and happiness!