Today marks a special day in many Asian communities where people celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival (Mooncake Festival) by gathering for dinners, worshiping the moon, lighting paper lanterns, and sharing mooncakes.

While celebrations this year may look a little different due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, there are still some great ways to get involved in the festivities.

We’d love to see how you are celebrating Mid-Autumn Fesitval, send your photos to the Universe email and we will publish your images in Thursday’s edition.

Connect with your family

One of the most special parts of the Mid-Autumn Festival is spending time with family and friends, and while it may not be possible to do this in person, it’s still a great time to connect. Jump online and host a special virtual celebration with your loved ones – maybe via Zoom or VooV.

Eat mooncakes

The must-have food to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival is mooncake. It is a kind of cookie with various fillings and different patterns on the surface depicting the legends of the festival.

Why not have a go at making some yourself?

Or if you’re not much of a cook, you may want to leave it to the experts! Here are a few Asian grocers in Wollongong who should have Mooncakes in stock for the festival:

  • Wan Long Oriental Supermarket: 81 Campbell Street, Wollongong
  • Wollongong Orient Trading: 145 Keira Street, Wollongong
  • Nam Phuong Asian Grocery: 278 Cowper Street, Warrawong

And for those students not in Wollongong, hopefully there are some Asian grocers close to where you live, so you can get your fix.

Learn about cultural traditions – join a virtual celebration

Listen together with your friends and families to fascinating traditions of south-east Asian cultures, hosted by the City of Sydney. Register online.

How the Mid-Autumn Festival is celebrated around the world

The festival began over 3,000 years ago in China. People have long believed that worshipping the moon and eating together around a round table will bring them good luck and happiness.

  • In China, the festival is a reunion time for families, just like Thanksgiving
  • In Vietnam, the day is celebrated more like a children’s day.
  • In Hong Kong, a unique annual fire dragon show is also held.
    In Japan, people wear their national dress and children collect reeds to decorate doors, which is a symbol of good luck and happiness.
  • In Singapore, it’s traditional for children to hang lanterns and Singaporeans eat durian-filled moon cakes.
  • In Malaysia there are dragon and lion dances, a float parade and cultural singing and dancing.
  • In South Korea, the Mid-Autumn festival is one of Korea’s biggest holidays and is spread across three days.
  • In the Philippines, celebrations include a dragon dance parade, an ethnic clothing parade, a lantern parade and a float parade.

We know that celebrations like this can be hard if you’re away from your family. UOW has a wide range of free support services you can access, so make sure you reach out if you feel like you need some support during this time.