"Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so."

"Don't think, feel....it is like a finger pointing towards the moon. Don't concentrate on the finger or you will miss all that heavenly glory!" -Bruce Lee

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Moon Festival

So it's 2 years to the day since we saw all the khoom fay floating over Godstone Green, and now I am starting to think they may have had something to do with the Chinese Moon Festival (Mid-Autumn Festival). According to wikipedia, the Mid-Autumn Festival is held on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar, which is usually around late September or early October in the Gregorian calendar. It is a date that parallels the autumn and spring Equinoxes of the solar calendar, when the moon is supposedly at its fullest and roundest. The traditional food of this festival is the mooncake, of which there are many different varieties.".

Customs include:
- Eating mooncakes outside under the moon
- Putting pomelo rinds on one's head
- Carrying brightly lit lanterns, lighting lanterns on towers, floating sky lanterns
- Burning incense in reverence to deities including Chang'e
- Planting Mid-Autumn trees
- Collecting dandelion leaves and distributing them evenly among family members
- Fire Dragon Dances

Yesterday at work there were many mooncake culinary delights to sample, courtesy of my desk neighbours! On the left is the ice skin mooncake, and on the right is the double egg yolk traditional mooncake..

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