You can google mooncake festival or lantern festival for the explanation on this festival celebrated by the Chinese.
Today is the 1st day of the Chinese lunar 8th moon. (btw, tomorrow is my Chinese birthday day and today is my #2 son Chinese birthday!) Shops are abuzz with activities. Stationeries shops are now selling mooncakes too.
The table-to-table aunties and uncles peddlars are selling mooncakes. Even boutiques sell mooncake and so are direct sales marketing companies like Amway. Not to mention your next-door neighbours etc etc.
*sigh* These rampant commercialisation have taken the romantic notion out of the festival.
When I was small (which is a long time ago), I remembered my parents talked about Neil Armstrong or is it Yuri Gagarin? (sorry, I can never remember who is who). You see, before that, we the Taoist Chinese (I am now a Catholic) used to worship the moon. Small kids like I were believed that there is a rabiit up there, pounding the elixir of life for Chang Erh or something.
pandan lotus with one yolk
Being silly girls, my friends and I would draw pictures after pictures of fairies. We would imagine ourselves being this beautiful fairy who has a man on earth who fly up to see her yearly. Let me warn you, this is my kiddies tale version so the story may not match what you read from the ‘authority’.
So, when Neil Armstrong went up to the moon and found no fairies welcoming him or rabbits hopping on the craters our imaginations were dashed. I was about 5 years old then, I think.
asorted nuts – non halal version
I will probably write more about the lanterns and such in another post. Please take the above post as a kids’ moon fairy tales. I would like to share another very funny lantern festival or mid autumn festival blog written by Dr. Liew. Dr. Liew had posted photos of all the necessities/foods that are to be taken during this festival. But hey, my mooncake photos look more delicious! (psst..don’t tell him that) There are other posts about mooncake festival but some are suitable for grown-ups only.