Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Mooncake Festival

The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival.

The Mid-Autumn Festival is held on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar, which is usually around late 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 supposedly at its fullest and roundest. The traditional food of this festival is the mooncake, of which there are many different varieties.

Farmers celebrate the end of the summer 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.

I have celebrated Mooncake Festival earlier with my family while I was in Malaysia. It was one of my favourite Festival. Every year without fail, I will buy a few packets of colourful candles and new packet of paper lanterns when I was in Malaysia. I still celebrate it here in Perth but just for a while because it's too cold! I can't enjoy it properly.

This year was slightly different because I was in our new home and I can't lit any candles anywhere I want. (for photography and cleanliness purposes hehe)
and probably one more different thing is I didn't get to melt the candle together and shaped it in heart shape. Not sure if you know what I mean.. it's like 2 candles bent and join together to form and heart shape (without a cracked) Yes, it's a slow process. Melting it and shaping it at the same time. Love creating shapes from it. :)

I didn't do it this year as I was too busy lighting up the lanterns, photographing the candles, busy eating mooncake and drinking tea. But I still feel relax and in peace because I have my family with me.

I have just bought myself a lil piggy mooncake for today! and I'm going to EAT IT! XD

Wish everybody have the best Mooncake Festival Ever!

1 comment:

ching∞ said...

sigh.. i'm home alone with mommy. Really wish you and koko are here to light all the beautiful lanterns with me..