While lanterns originally had nothing to do with moon worship or harvest season, they’ve become synonymous with the Mid-autumn Festival. Traditionally, collapsible candle-lit paper lanterns were common decorations and children would carry colourful cellophaneand-wire lanterns shaped like the 12 Chinese zodiac animals; today, battery-operated cartoon alternatives in plastic exist as well. Mooncakes, a common gift during this period, are also symbolic of the festival and are said to symbolise unity. Legend also says that they played a crucial role in the Han Chinese rebellion against the ruling Mongols at the end of the Yuan dynasty. The classic mooncake is usually baked golden-brown with a red bean, lotus paste or mixed nut filling, but modern variants include ‘snow skin’, jelly and even ice cream. Pomelos are also a traditional delicacy during the festival because they are said to be harvested around the MidAutumn period and are the Moon Goddess’ favourite fruit. Its Mandarin name, pronounced ‘you zi’, sounds similar to ‘having a son’ and it’s believed that eating the fruit and placing the rind on your head will help one’s prayer for a boy be heard.