Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Mid-Autumn Festival

These are a few of the many mooncakes we received. Elena had the pleasure of eating most of them!

The Mid-Autumn or Moon Festival falls on the fifteenth day of the eighth lunar month when the moon is at its fullest- today, September 25. It has originations from the imperial days and different ethnic groups observe the festival in their own fashion. Generally today, in the cities, it's a time for families to share an evening meal and enjoy a special treat - a mooncake. In some parts of China the day is also called Family Reunion Day.

There is great deliberation of which part of China has the best mooncakes and each region has its' own specialty. The mooncakes are small round tarts with meat or fruit filling. Stores began on September 1 displaying the various exquisitely wrapped cakes, which people buy for themselves or as gifts for friends and relatives. It's one of those "holidays" that people observe but it's not an official government holiday, comparable to our Valentine's Day. Happy Moon Day everyone! Don't forget to look at the moon tonight. We're all under the same one - we're just on the other side!

A close-up of an ordinary mooncake.


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Patty said...

I'll enjoy keeping track of your experiences in China! That's one place I always wanted to go. I'll get there someday when Danny's a little older. Best Wishes for a great time there!

Patty (and Danny)