1. Go to a Tet Trung Thu/Moon festival.
The Mid-Autumn Moon Festival hosted by 2BC, Inc and the Vietnamese Community of San Diego on Sept 7 will include an array of non-stop live entertainment, concerts, traditional Lion Dance performances and exciting opportunities to experience new cultures and traditions. It is also one of the only events in the county that has no admission fees and offering diverse, exciting entertainment along with free lanterns and moon cakes for children of all ages.
The accordian-style lanterns we used to get when I was little looked like this. They are really old school but that's why I like them! Here are some other lantern projects you can do with kids.
[I love these fish lanterns from Darice. There are no rules when it comes to lantern shapes/sizes.]
[More traditional looking lanterns from Crafting on a Budget]
[Don't have time to make one? You can buy accordian lanterns online for $2 from Luna Bazaar.]
3. Read a book about Tet Trung Thu with your little one.
[Thanking the Moon: Celebrating the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival by Grace Lin]
[Mooncakes by Loretta Seto]
[Round is a Mooncake by Roseanne Thong]
[Surprise Moon by Caroline Hatton]
4. Sing songs about Tet Trung Thu.
Here are lyrics to a folk song about the Mid Autumn Festival.
|Lyrics in English:At Mid-autumn festival,|
walk around with lanterns lit.
Take them all across the town,
singing to the autumn moon.
Lanterns all in different shapes, lantern angel, lantern dream,
Lantern fish, or lantern star, lantern swan or butterfly.
Take my lantern to the sky;
take my lantern to the moon!
|Lyrics in Vietnamese:Tet trung thu ruoc den di choi.|
Em ruoc den di khap pho phuong.
Long vui suong voi den trong tay
Em mua ca trong anh trang ram.
Den ong sao voi den ca chep
den thien nga voi den buom buom
em ruoc den nay den cung trang.
Den xanh lo voi den tim tim.
Den xanh lam voi den trang trang
Trong anh den ruc ro muon mau.
5. Enjoy mooncakes!
According to Yelp, Huy Ky Bakery is THE PLACE to buy your mooncakes. Looks like I will be making a trip down there.
Huy Ky Bakery
4550 University Ave.
San Diego, CA 92105
If you are very brave, you can try to make your own mooncakes using this recipe from China Sichuan Food.
RunAwayRice also has great video tutorials on how to make snow skin mooncakes at home.