RAISING LUMINARIES

Hi, I’m Ashia, founder & Head Custodian of Infodumpery for Raising Luminaries.

I create free tool kits to help overworked caregivers ignite the next generation of leaders.

ABOUT | MISSION | FINANCIALS | ACCOUNTABILITY

SHOW YOUR SUPPORT

STAY IN TOUCH

Get free monthly email notifications when I publish new Family Action Toolkits

FREE STUFF

JOIN OUR COMMUNITY

SHOP

Posts may contain affiliate links and  sponsorships, which allow me to earn a commission at no extra cost to you.

AFFILIATE POLICY

PARTNERS IN CAHOOTS

TOPICS

CONTACT

RECIPROCATE

Collaborate with Raising Luminaries on an issue important to you.

You’re welcome to share & boost this toolkit, with attribution to Raising Luminaries.

Subscribe For Toolkit Updates

Get monthly email updates when I add new resources to our Family Action Toolkits

RAISING LUMINARIES

Hi, I’m Ashia, founder & Head Custodian of Infodumpery for Raising Luminaries.

I create free tool kits to help overworked caregivers ignite the next generation of leaders.

ABOUT | MISSION | FINANCIALS | ACCOUNTABILITY

SHOW YOUR SUPPORT

STAY IN TOUCH

Get free monthly email notifications when I publish new Family Action Toolkits

FREE STUFF

JOIN OUR COMMUNITY

SHOP

Posts may contain affiliate links and  sponsorships, which allow me to earn a commission at no extra cost to you.

AFFILIATE POLICY

PARTNERS IN CAHOOTS

TOPICS

CONTACT

RECIPROCATE

Collaborate with Raising Luminaries on an issue important to you.

You’re welcome to share & boost this toolkit, with attribution to Raising Luminaries.

Home Book Collections Mid-Autumn Moon Festival

Mid-Autumn Moon Festival

via Ashia
Published: Updated: 548 views

Raising Luminaries & Books for Littles are free and accessible for readers who can’t afford a paywall. Since we’re a contribute-what-you can community, I try to fill in the gaps with affiliate links. Posts may contain affiliate links, which allow me to earn a commission at no extra cost to you. Check out the full affiliate disclosure along with my statement of accountability.

 


Mid-Autumn Moon Festival

This is one of our favorite holidays. We keep it low-key. No gifts, no traveling, just staying up a little late, maybe taking a lantern stroll, and enjoying a tasty dinner together, and moon gazing with snacks.

big mooncake for little star Mooncakes - Seto, Loretta

 

When is it?

  • Falls on the night of the biggest full moon, roughly around the 15th day of the eight month of the Chinese lunar calendar, typically around September-October.

Read:

Watch
Only Luminary Brain Trust members get access to our full analysis of problematic tropes and celebratory favorites from the #FamilyMovieNight series. The rest of you can still enjoy the movies though. FINALLY – Representation, blended families, and capturing the bittersweet grief of Chang’e & Hou Yi in Over the Moon

Discuss:

  • Depending on who is telling the story, Chang’e is either a selfish harpy or a self-sacrificing martyr.
    • Why do you think people choose to depict her in such opposing ways?
    • How does the virtue of self-sacrifice or the shortcomings of selfishness tie in with other cultural Chinese stories you’ve read?
    • How are these traits viewed within your own family?
  • Depending on who is telling the story, Hou Yi is either an abusive husband or a gentle and brave husband.
    • Why do you think people choose to depict him in such opposing ways?
    • How does the virtue of bravery and gentleness, or the shortcomings of reckless aggression tie in with other cultural Chinese stories you’ve read?
    • How are these traits viewed within your own family?
  • Many of the Americanized adaptations of non-American traditional stories are defanged and sanitized. Characters become all good or all bad, and nice people get happy endings. Why do American storytellers make these changes?
  • The story of Chang’e and Hou Yi is about accepting boundaries and obstacles in a relationship. What obstacles have kept you from being with your family these past two years?
  • What virtue are kids supposed to take from the story of the moon rabbit (self-sacrifice to a point of giving up his life for someone’s meal). Do you agree or disagree with his choice? Why?

Take Action:

For our family, the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival is a time to connect with family, appreciate what we’ve received this year, and brace ourselves for the winter ahead. There’s way more to it than a love story, a cute rabbit, and lanterns.

If this holiday is not a part of your culture or your heritage, please don’t appropriate it!

HOWEVER: You can learn from it!

We have an easier time letting go of the more toxic colonist family traditions we’ve inherited from previous generations (like the commercialization of Christmas, the cruel destruction of Halloween, and the sanitizing of genocide against Indigenous people on Thanksgiving) because we have a connection with other family holidays and traditions.

For US settlers who haven’t been able to let go of the myth of a ‘first thanksgiving’ – because you don’t want to let go of that family tradition of connection and gratitude, try this: Learn more about your family’s history, your ancestral traditions, and see if you can celebrate and find connection and celebration in these events.

Ancestors around the world have developed gorgeous, meaningful, lovely seasonal land-based acknowledgements and celebrations of the transition from summer to autumn. If you look, you’ll be able to find and reclaim practices that have personal meaning for your family – without fetishizing or minimizing our traditions.

Additional resources to dig deeper into this topic:

Leave a Comment

*By using this form you agree with the storage and handling of your data in accordance with our privacy policy

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Stay Curious, Stand Brave & Smash The Kyriarchy

Raising Luminaries reduces the workload on overworked caregivers
igniting the next generation of kind & courageous leaders

family jumping on bed

Ashia (they/them or she/her)

I’m an Autistic, multiracial (Chinese/Irish) 2nd-generation settler raising two children alongside my partner on the homelands of the Wampanoag and Massachusett people. My goal with Raising Luminaries is to collaborate with families and educators in raising the next generation of kind & courageous leaders, so we can all smash the kyriarchy together.

Reciprocate & Contribute

Help me keep these resources free & accessible for all

IGNITION NOTES

Spark Family Conversations on Social Justice

Subscribe to the newsletter & get monthly guided family discussions & toolkit updates delivered via email.

RAISING LUMINARIES

Hi, I’m Ashia, founder & Head Custodian of Infodumpery for Raising Luminaries.

I create free tool kits to help overworked caregivers ignite the next generation of leaders.

ABOUT | MISSION | FINANCIALS | ACCOUNTABILITY

SHOW YOUR SUPPORT

STAY IN TOUCH

Get free monthly email notifications when I publish new Family Action Toolkits

FREE STUFF

JOIN OUR COMMUNITY

SHOP

Posts may contain affiliate links and  sponsorships, which allow me to earn a commission at no extra cost to you.

AFFILIATE POLICY

PARTNERS IN CAHOOTS

TOPICS

CONTACT

RECIPROCATE

Collaborate with Raising Luminaries on an issue important to you.

You’re welcome to share & boost this toolkit, with attribution to Raising Luminaries.

Raising Luminaries is anchored in the land of the Wampanoag & Massachusett People.
Support Wôpanâak early childhood education here.

©2023 Ashia Ray of Raising Luminaries™. All rights reserved.

This page may use affiliate referral links. We may earn a small commission if you choose to make an order using these links. Learn how we use affiliate links to support our community.

Photographs via Unsplash & Illustrations via Storyset, used with permission.

Raising Luminaries

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. Accept Read More

Skip to content