Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Mid-Autumn Festival (Moon Festival)

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 autumnal equinox 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. The original mooncakes were not elaborate or expensive, but nowadays restaurants and bakeries seem to be in a contest to see who can come up with the most exotic crusts and fillings.

And sometimes the boxes probably cost more than the contents!

We had a quiet dinner at home with my 89 year old aunt, my cousin and two close friends. Then, just like small children, we went downstairs to the koi pond and lit up our lanterns!

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