Sunday, September 11, 2011

Happy Mid Autumn Festival


excerpt taken from here :-

    • 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.

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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  1. Happy Mid Autumn festival to you and your family too, Elin! Enjoy the festival :)

  2. Happy Mid Autumn Festival to you! I love those piggies ... so adorable! And look at those gorgeous eyes on the momsie piggy ... sexy!

  3. Happy Mid-auntumn festival to you too :)

  4. Happy Mid-Autumn Festival to you and your family too!

  5. Elin, Happy Mooncake Festival to you & your family too! I'm sure you're going to have loads fun & food tonight. Enjoy! Btw, I thought you made those piggys! (Still busy, right?) However, take care.
    Blessings, Kristy ((hugs))

  6. Happy Mid-Autumn Festival to you and your family :)