Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Mid-Autumn Festival


Mom told me today is the Mid-Autumn Festival, a.k.a. Mooncake Festival celebrated by most Chinese all over the world.
Description from Wikipedia:
The Mid-Autumn Festival (Simplified Chinese: 中秋节; Traditional Chinese: 中秋節; pinyin: zhōngqiūjié), also known as the Moon Festival, is a popular Asian celebration of abundance and togetherness, dating back over 3,000 years to China's Zhou Dynasty. In Malaysia and Singapore, it is also sometimes referred to as the Lantern Festival, similar in name to a different festival which falls on the fifteenth day of the Chinese New Year).
The Mid-Autumn Festival falls on the 15th day of the 8th
lunar month of the Chinese calendar (usually around mid- or late-September in the Gregorian calendar), a date that parallels the Autumn Equinox of the solar calendar. This is the ideal time, when the moon is at its fullest and brightest, to celebrate the abundance of the summer's harvest. The traditional food of this festival is the mooncake, of which there are many different varieties.
The Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the two most important holidays in the
Chinese calendar (the other being the Chinese Lunar New Year), and is a legal holiday in several countries. 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 pomeloes together. Accompanying the celebration, there are additional cultural or regional customs, such as:
Eating moon cakes outside under the moon
Putting pomelo rinds on one's head
Carrying brightly lit lanterns
Burning incense in reverence to deities including
Chang'e
Planting Mid-Autumn trees
Lighting lanterns on towers
Fire
Dragon Dances
Shops selling
mooncakes, before the festival, often display pictures of Chang'e floating to the moon.
Mom tried to let me see the beautiful lighted candles and lanterns, but guess what, I ran away immediately and hide inside the house. From then only mom knew, I'm actually real scared of fire, even a small lighted up candle would chase me away. So, instead of joining mom for the candles and lantern decorating, I only joined her for the mooncake meal. And that is the best part. Yummy yummy yummy yum....... slrppppppppp..... And by the end of the meal, my tummy is fully filled!!! And I am super exhausted running away from candles and lanterns!

21 comments:

Snoopygirl said...

hi Goofy,

中秋节快乐!!! I hope my hoomans will feed me some of the yummmy mooncake. :-P

Licks,
Snoopy

Bella said...

Hi Goofy,
Thanks so much for sharing about the mid-autumn (mooncake) festival. I had heard of it but didn't know what it was about.
All the lanterns look so pretty and the mooncakes sound yummy it sounds like a really lovely festival. I think i shal ask mummy to celebrate it here :)
Wuffs
Bella

Amber said...

Hey Goofy!! Happy Lantern festival!! I love this festival because of the yummy MOONCAKES!!!
I had many mooncakes.. drool..

Lorenza said...

Hi, Goofy
Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!! Thanks for letting know about it! Sure is fun and with yummy mooncakes!! I hope you enjoyed some!
Have a nice day
Lorenza

Butchy & Snickers said...

Hey Goofy,
Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!! We hope you get to eat some yummy mooncakes. Have fun!
Luv & Wirey Hugs!
Butchy & Snickers

Maggie & Mitch said...

I wish we could taste a mooncake! They look so yummy!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Sparky said...

Mooncakes look so good! Funny, I've never heard of them 'till this last week from 3 other dogs. I'd love to try one!

Sparky

Asta said...

Goofy
Happy festival to you..I'm glad you got lots of mooncake, it does look yummy!
We missed you at the pawty,but we'll see you soon I hope. It was lots of fun!
smochie kisses
Asta

Girl Girl Hamster said...

Yeah Goofy, Happy Mid-Autum Festival. What yummy food did you get to eat?

~ Girl girl

Amber-Mae said...

You scared of candles? It's ok Goofy, candles chase after you but they can burn your nosey nose if you stand to close to them. I burned mine last time when sniffing the barbecue pit. Hehehe! Ouch! I hope the food was delicious.

Love licks,
Solid Gold Dancer

ROSSI said...

hahaha.. goofy.. u must not scare of fire!.. u can actually blow it off using ur nose.. hahahaha..

hey.. check out my blog.. i have a new brother .. u know.. hehehe

Cheers
Rossi

Simba said...

Moon cakes everywhere and I have none. :(

Simba xx

Ume said...

lucky u got to feast on mooncakes! i could oni admire the moon :(

Marvin - Braveheart Hound said...

Happy Mid Autumn Festival and please have a mooncake on me Goofy!

Stanley said...

Hey, Goofy!

My girl misses mooncakes! Zhu ni Zhong Qiu Jie kuai le!!!

Goob love,
Stanley

moon cake graphics said...

Happy Moon Festival 2008!!

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