A sweet dream, for those far away from home
“May we live long and share the beauty of the moon together, even if we are hundreds of miles apart.” This line from a famous poem written by Su Shi, perhaps best captures the spirit of Mid-Autumn Festival, an age-old event with roots in Chinese culture.
As a little girl, I’d fantasize myself turning 25, with beautiful long hair, carrying a leather bag, walking confidently in high heels in a big city. Now, I really do have long hair, often carry a leather bag, walking in a pair of Stan Smith around the CBD of Beijing rubbing shoulders with millions of people every day. Yet I’m not so sure if I realized my childhood fantasy...
If there is a shape to the Mid-Autumn Festival, I’d say it’s round. The moon is round, reunions between loved ones are round. Lovers plan to visit each other's parents moving towards the next step in their relationship; young professionals, who rarely spend time at home, preparing an exquisite gift for their families.
With us being hundreds of miles away from our home, it is easy to feel lonely. In solitary, we sometimes even torture ourselves with the thought that everyone else is having an easy life. Insofar as modern society ever promises us access to a community, it is one centered around the worship of professional success. In these competitive, pseudo-communal gatherings, it is no surprise that many of us choose to throw ourselves into our careers.
We live in an age when our lives are regularly punctuated by career crises, by moments when what we thought we knew, about our lives, about our careers, comes into contact with a threatening sort of reality. it's perhaps easier now than ever before to make a good living. And it's perhaps harder than ever before to stay calm, to be free of anxiety. But the place we call “home” carries our childhood memories, it allows us to feel adequate just the way we are, for the people we are returning to still see us the way they met us, in another word, they are not snobs around us. Mid-Autumn Festival has long been a ritual for the Chinese to gather together with their loved ones and appreciated their community, in today’s society, it is also a time for the tired yet ambitious young people to reconcile with their inner child they left behind.