Sunday, September 11, 2011

Happy Mid Autumn Festival

















HAPPY MID- AUTUMN FESTIVAL 
TO ALL MY CHINESE READERS
AND 
FRIENDS

The Mid-Autumn Festival is held on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar, which is in September or early October in the Gregorian calendar. It is a date that parallels the autumnal equinox of the solar calendar, when the moon is at its fullest and roundest. The traditional food of this festival is the mooncake, of which there are many different varieties.

    The Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the few most important holidays in the Chinese calendar, the others being Chinese New Year and Winter Solstice, and is a legal holiday in several countries. Farmers celebrate the end of the fall harvesting season on this date. Traditionally on this day, Chinese family members and friends will gather to admire the bright mid-autumn harvest moon, and eat moon cakes and pomelos under the moon together. Accompanying the celebration, there are additional cultural or regional customs, such as:
        • Carrying brightly lit lanterns, lighting lanterns on towers, floating sky lanterns
        • Burning incense in reverence to deities including Chang'e
        • Erect the Mid-Autumn Festival.(树中秋,竖中秋,in China,树 and 竖 are homophones)It is not about planting trees but hanging lanterns on the bamboo pole and putting them on a high point, such as roofs, trees, terraces, etc. It is a custom in Guangzhou, Hong Kong, etc.
        • Collecting dandelion leaves and distributing them evenly among family members
        • Fire Dragon Dances
        • In Taiwan, since the 1980s, barbecuing meat outdoors has become a widespread way to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival.                                                           
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    I could not resist these cute Piggy mooncakes and bought home some for the family :) The bigger one representing Wild Boar of course , and  followed by Momsie Elin , Piggy Jo and Piggy Josh  LOL!  Cute a anot ??? The filling is lotus paste and costs RM2 per piggy mooncake  :)  





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    11 comments:

    1. Very cute!! hahaha... Happy Makaning tonight!

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    2. your piggies look very ...lazy!! haha!happy mooncake festival to you too!!

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    3. Happy Mooncake Festival, Elin.
      The piggies look cute :D

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    4. Thanks for explaining this festival to us. I'd been seeing lots of mooncake posts...and now it all make sense. Yours are SO cute!

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    5. Happy Autumn Festival. Those pigs are just darling. I can see why you couldn't resist them!

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    6. Happy Mid-Autumn Festival to you too! Love your piggies!

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    7. Oh my...the piggies were so so so cute!!!! If I'm at your house, I'll sure grab away some...kekeke!!

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    8. What adorable cakes! They are almost too darling to eat. I really enjoyed your post and love to learn about holidays celebrated around the world. I hope that your mid autumn festival was a happy one.

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    9. This is a great post. I love the little mooncakes - they're so cute! Enjoy the Festival!

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    10. Belated greetings to you and your family. Adoi...the pigs look so sad but they're real cute though. Wouldn't mind buying those... LOL!!!

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