koneko_desu (koneko_desu) wrote,

~中秋快乐/Happy Mid-Autumn Moon Festival~

A Chinese festival that falls on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month, the Mid-Autumn Festival or the Moon Festival is a time for families to come together, gaze at the moon, eat (yummy) mooncakes and meander through the streets to take in gorgeous lanterns and lights.  What does the moon and family have to do with each other?  The Chinese character 圆/Yuan meaning "round" for the full moon on this evening is the same as the character for 团圆/TuanYuan meaning "reunion", so the roundness of the full moon symbolizes the reunion of a full and perfect family.  Many stories have come out of the Moon Festival and why we eat mooncaks, for a nice and quick summary take a look here.

(Read vertically from right to left)
Quiet Night of Rememberance
In front of the bed there's the light from the moon,
On the floor it seems as if there's a layer of frost.
Raising my head I see the bright moon,
Lowering my head I remember my homeland.
--Li Bai

With that, I bid you all to a happy Mid-Autumn's Moon Festival and hope that many of you will be able to spend it with your families together.

To mommy, I can't spend this festival meant for reunion with you this year (and the previous 3 years -__-) but I will be looking up at the moon tonight (so long as this fog clears up), munching on a mooncake and thinking of you.  Wish you the best
Tags: china, chinese festivals, holidays/special occasions
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