The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Cake or Lantern Festival will be celebrated soon. While the traditions and practices differ across the region, it is all about celebrating the harvest – and apparently also the fall of Mongolian rulers in China after a successful rebellion. The story has it that moon cakes played an important role in the uprising – they were delivered into homes and contained the time of the rebellion. Moon cakes are enjoyed during this time only, and they vary from the traditional ones filled with red bean or lotus paste to the modern ones with ice cream. Lanterns are lit around the town and many condos organise lantern walks for the kids – if yours is not one of them, head out to these festivities around town:
If you’re not familiar yet with the legend of the mooncakes, come and listen to the story tellers at the Story Book in Plaza Arkadia, Desa ParkCity. Learn all about the tales of Chang Er, Jade Rabbit, Wu Gang and the story around mooncakes. At night, there will be a lantern walk, suitable for families with kids from 3 to 10 years. Fees: RM20. To register, visit here.
Saturday 7 September 2019 from 8pm to 9pm.
Central Market Kuala Lumpur
On Saturday 21 September this place will host Mid-Autumn events with stage performances, lantern and mooncake making workshops, food tasting and of course a lantern parade. Check it out here.
At this mall in Petaling Jaya, children can enjoy many activities, like a costume walkabout, a fairy dance performance and a mooncake making workshop. Of course there will be a lantern parade, on Saturday 7 September at 8pm! Sounds like fun? Check out details here.
From 7 – 16 September 2019.
Kwai Chai Hong
This Mid-Autumn Festival, celebrate a spectacular night view at Kwai Chai Hong. Till 15 September, you can observe a brightly lit Full Moon for 23 straight days – only seen when night falls at 7pm. During the weekend, there will be oriental art and craft workshops in nearby cafes to educate and entertain, which are suitable for all ages. Find out more here.
Bangsar Village will hold an event called Moon Walk. Participation is Rm 15. There will be a mooncake buffet, a lantern give-away to all children under 12 years old and a lantern parade at night. More info here.
Saturday 14 September 2019 at 7.30pm.
Metro Point, Kajang
We’re all into recycling right? Kids between 8-12 years old can participate in this lantern making competition, using recycled materials, with parental assistance. Fees: RM 20 only. To register, visit here.
Sunday 15 September 2019 from 10am to 10pm.
Sunway Putra Mall
The Lantern Parade at this mall was a big hit last year. Could it be even better this year…? There is only one way to find out. Register here (untill 12 September) for the parade on Saturday 14 September at 19.30. Free lantern redemption is limited for the first 500 participants who have pre-registered online.
Cheras Leisure Mall
This mall is decorated till 15 September with images of the Jade Rabbit, who is an important character of the Mid-Autumn Festival. There are also art workshops during weekends and you can buy mooncakes here till your belly’s content. There will be lanterns for sale as well. Check out all activities here.
This mall, also known as 1MK, will hold a Mid-Autumn Festival. Kids can have fun in a lantern making contest or join a mooncake eating competition. There will be many events, like a LED Lion Dance performance, a ballet performance and a lantern parade.
Almost all festivities will take place on 7 and 8 September 2019. Check out all details here.
Aeon Mall Cheras Selatan
Creative teens of 16 years and older can join the Aeon Mall Cheras Selatan Moonlight Tin Lantern Competition. Just spend RM50 or more in a single or combined receipt on the same day to qualify for entry. Register at the Mall’s information counter to participate.
Thursday 5 September 2019 from 10am to 10pm.
Resorts World Genting
Resorts World Genting is hosting a Mid-Autumn Festival with Genting’s Highland Heroes between 10 August and 16 September at SkyAvenue. Meet characters from ancient Chinese tales in a series of parades and live performances. Find out more here.
The newly-launched MKidz Club at The Mines is running a series of weekend workshops and fun activities for little juniors. Sign your kids up at the information counter to become a member and take part in the Mid-Autumn workshops, including the lantern DIY workshop on 8 September from 4pm to 6pm followed by the lantern parade at 7pm.