I have two posts to catch up on today….Field Trip Friday and Tet Trung Thu. I’ll start with Tet Trung Thu…
Tet Trung Thu and the Chinese Autumn Moon festival fall on the same day. Tet Trung Thu is the Vietnamese Harvest Moon Festival. It’s actually a day to celebrate children, who have to show great patience during the harvest season while the parents work. Typically, during Tet Trung Thu, Vietnamese children are given small gifts, they make lanterns and march in a parade with them, they can make masks out of baskets and other material, and they eat mooncakes. Obviously, that is a very overly-simplified summary of the holiday. 😉
We don’t have a local Tet Trung Thu festival in our part of Ohio, so we celebrated at home. Jedi was sick all last week, so we also had to account for the fact that one of the three kiddos was resting most of the week.
Since we have quite a few allergies, we couldn't order mooncakes and had to make them ourselves. Traditionally, Vietnamese mooncakes have a salted egg yolk in the center to represent the moon. Since we are egg-allergic, I used a ball of tofutti dairy free cream cheese as the center. Surrounding the cream cheese, I wrapped some sweet red bean paste.
The pastry dough is then wrapped around the ball of red bean paste/cream cheese. I then put the entire ball in the mould, and pressed it into the square shape.
This is what the mooncakes looked like after baking
This one was still hot when I cut it open. The other ones, we let sit for 24 hours, and the filling was a lot less goey that way.
What's a little baking without also licking the bowl. Monkey and Bitty Big cleaning up the bowl. 😀
Aaand, since the dough is like 50% sugar, they really enjoyed it. LOL!
Here is the big pile of things Monkey worked on during her school week for Tet Trung Thu (I'll post pictures of her working on it for Montessori Monday). There are two different types of lanterns, some basket masks, and some dragon puppets (my examples and her work are both in there). There's also our Vietnamese Sing & Learn book/CD that we listened to (there is a song for Tet Trung Thu on it)
Everyone out (in their PJ's... 😉 ) with their lanterns and our lion puppet having a little parade around the neighborhood. Since we're the only ones that live in the neighborhood at the moment, they could be as loud as they wanted! They liked that!