Psalm 119:105 says of God’s holy scriptures, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” Indeed, without God’s word to guide us, then it is as if we are stumbling and falling about in the darkness. And that would have been the case last Thursday the 27th of September for a whole bunch of parents and kids from Children’s Corner and Cornerstone who had gathered at the park at Jalan Bangkung if it was not for the pretty lanterns that lit up their way so that the could see where they were going and also made the park look truly magical. Under the pale glow of the full moon, we had gathered to play with lanterns and to share mooncakes.
Officially, it is called the Mid-Autumn Festival but it is also known as the Lantern Festival or the Mooncake Festival for obvious reasons. There are many tales related to the origin and purpose of the festival but it is clear that this has been celebrated by the Chinese community for some 3,000 years in some form. The mooncakes and lanyerns is said to have become part of the festival to commemorate a Chinese revolt to overthrow their Mongol rulers of the Yuan Dynasty in the 14th Century. The Mongols did not eat mooncakes so the rebels used paper messages hidden in mooncakes distributed widely to the population to coordinate the timing of the planned attack. In the same way, lanterns were used on hilltops by the rebels to signal one another. The rebellion was successful leading to the establishment of the Ming Dynasty. The event is remembered on this festival day by the eating of mooncakes and the playing with lanterns.
Of course, the kids just enjoyed playing with the lanterns and watching the pretty flickering show of light and shadows. The traditional lanterns were in the shape of animals like cats, dogs, squirrels, birds etc but there were a few modern ones like the “angry bird” lantern!
Fun was had by all and it was good to see so many parents and grandparents there too. It was especially great to see many fathers there even f they had to rush from work.
In the near future, the kids will be having another fun excursion – this time to the dentist! Now I can’t imagine a visit to the dentist being as much fun as eating mooncakes and playing lanterns but the kids are really excited about it so maybe there is something I don’t know …… like the dentist gives out lollipops?
If you would like your child to join in these activities, please take note of the information given below. Enjoy the photos.
This is a kindergarten for children aged 3-6 years which is held at the church from Monday to Friday from 9-12.30pm.
Along side Cornerstone, there is also a playgroup for toddlers up to the age of 3 years which is held on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9.30 – 11.30 am. Toddlers have the opportunity to learn while playing. There is also singing and story-time. Parents/care giver participation is expected. A great time for all.