Monday, September 12, 2011

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival 中秋节快乐

Today is the Mid-Autumn Festival, also called Mooncake Festival or Lantern Festival, a festival traditionally celebrated by chinese people. I don't particularly love eating mooncakes, so I don't have any home-made mooncakes to show off (it's too much work anyway) but I loved carrying lanterns when I was young. I was hoping to buy some paper lanterns or some plastic battery-operated lanterns in Antwerp Chinatown for my little boy but unfortunately they don't seem to sell them. I only saw a few miserable boxes of mooncakes on sale. 

Today, being the 15th of the eighth lunar month of the chinese lunar calendar is also a date that parallels the autumnal equinox of the solar calendar, which means to say that the moon will be at its fullest and roundest. I don't think the weather in Belgium is gonna be good tonight, hopefully the clouds will clear so that we can watch out for the brightest and roundest moon for the whole of this year. I heard that Singapore is also experiencing some terrible haze today so I wonder if the Singapore folks will be able to view the moon tonight?

Anyway, before I forget, let me wish everybody a Happy Mid-Autumn Festival! 中秋节快乐!

3 comments:

  1. Happy mid autumn festival to you.
    Full moon, unfortunately, means another sleepless night for me.

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  2. Oh, is it because the moonlight is too strong and gets into your bedroom?

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  3. Happy Mid-Autumn Festival. I was actually just reading about homemade mooncakes on another blog. :)

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