On the 15th and 16th days of the 8th lunar month, families will go out after dinner with their lanterns to do moon gazing. Traditional ones are made of paper. Round fan fold ones are the basic ones while fruit and animal shaped lanterns like rabbit, fish, butterfly and star fruit shaped ones are for children. Candles are used to light up the lanterns traditionally but modern safety concern has brought battery powered plastic cartoon characters like Hello Kitty and Ultraman. If you really want to annoy your friends, get one with cheap electronic music for their children. Even though these plastic lanterns are very popular now but it’s definitely cannot be counted as traditional, not for my generation anyway.
|Chinese lanterns for Moon Festival|