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It's always great when you find a free school holiday activity for the kids that actually teaches them a little something along the way too. That's why it's fantastic to see the Museum of Brisbane is offering free Moon Festival Lantern Making Workshops from September 19th to the 30th.
The Museum's PR tells us, "The Moon Festival is celebrated on the 8th month and the 15th day of the lunar calendar and is one the most important festivals in Chinese and Taiwanese traditions. Symbolised by supposedly the brightest and fullest full moon of the year, the Moon Festival is a time to celebrate peace, prosperity and family."
People in China Shopping for Moon Festival Lanterns
Moon Festival customs date back to the Zhou dynasty (1046 - 256 BC), but these days people in China and Taiwan celebrate by eating moon cakes, appreciating their family, celebrating the bright full moon, giving thanks or sacrifice to it, and in some regions, hanging lanterns, and enjoying dragon and lion dances.
Workshops will be open from Monday to Friday from 10am to 1pm and there will be plenty of craft materials on hand for little fingers to create their own lanterns inspired by the themes of the moon, peace, prosperity and family. While you're there, you might also want to have a look at the exhibit Ink Remix which is a display of contemporary art from mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong.
The lantern making workshop is suitable for children aged four and over. Booking is not necessary, and best of all, you'll be able to take home your lovely lanterns once they're made.