*fast fast change subject before I kena accused of vandalism, gangsterism and hooligan-ism plus auntie-sm*
So, I bought this paper lantern last night for RM5.90.Â It came in a flat piece before we bended the wires.Â My third son who is 10 years old asked me, “Is this how you play it?”Â Holding the flatten fish and wave it like some dragon dance action.
Then, it dawned on me how much life was put on hold these years.Â Previously with my two older sons, we had two new lanterns each year and these little arsonists will somehow burnt the lanterns to ashes and black wires.Â It is how lanterns are supposed to be played, right?
Well, there was one year in 2001 when I was heavily pregnant with Vincent.Â I remembered we did have a lantern for my #3.Â He was 5 years old then so he probably had forgotten what real lanterns are.Â It is a piece of paper, with a candle stuck in between and children carry them around the neighbourhood.Â As soon as the parents aren’t watching, they will get it accidentally caught fire.Â Then, with the balance candles, they will start a bonfire with twigs and leaves.
*POLITICALLY CORRECT COMMUNITY MESSAGE FIRST : Always supervise your children.Â Playing with lantern and open fire is dangerous. It is a fire hazard.*Â End of cheong-hei-ness.
So, after I gave birth to Vincent, life sort of went topsy-turvy and that’s why my #3 now did not even know how lanterns are played.
I bought the lantern last night because I know it will be fun to take photos of it.Â Moreover, it is time we get back to the same old routine of ‘buy lantern, burn lantern’.Â Mid Autumn Festival is a [tag]Chinese[/tag] cultural festival which I believe has no religious tie to it.Â Of course, there are still people praying to the moon.Â In this age, people pray to everything, don’t they?Â Even pinang trees.Â Duh.
So, confession time.Â Tell me how many lanterns did you intentionally burn when you were small?Â If you are not Chinese, then, did you played with fire?Â Nice eh?
I was a good girl and since we don’t have much money, the lantern was re-cycled each year.Â Once it is over, my mother wrapped it in newspaper and keep for the next year.Â My favourite is a rabbit.Â When I was in Standard Six, I even made on with a Milo tin!
Oh ya, don’t give me those modern, ultra-man, power rangers battery operated craps.Â They drive me up the wall with the never ending ‘It’s a small, small, world and we are all gays’ music box type of music.Â I tell you, it is bad they bastard-ised the romantic full moon of 8th lunar month, 15th night with tiramisu mooncake and battery operated ahkua lanterns.Â Give me back the good ole days of candles and high flameable lanterns plus tausar mooncakes.