1 October 2006

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival 中秋节

Mid Autumn Festival or Mooncake Festival is just around the corner, this year it will fall on the 6th of Oct 2006, Friday.

For those who do not know what/why we are celebrating this event, here is A little Historical background on Mid Autumn Festival/Mooncake Festival :

The Mid-Autumn Festival

Traditional Chinese: 中秋節
Simplified Chinese: 中秋节
pinyin: Zhōngqiūjié
Korean: Ch'usǒk or Chuseok 추석/秋夕
Vietnamese Tết Trung Thu

Also known as the Moon Festival, Mooncake Festival, or the August Moon Festival. In Hong Kong, Singapore, and Malaysia, it may be referred to as the Lantern Festival, similar in name to a different festival which falls on the fifteenth day of the Chinese New Year.

This is a popular Chinese celebration of abundance and togetherness, dating back over 3,000 years to China's Zhou Dynasty.


The Festival falls on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month of the Chinese lunisolar calendar (usually around mid- or late-September in the Gregorian Calendar), a date that parallels the Autumn Equinox of the solar calendar.

At this time, the moon is at its fullest and brightest, marking an ideal time to celebrate the abundance of the summer's harvest. The traditional food of this festival is the moon cake, of which there are many different varieties.


The Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the two most important holidays in the Chinese calendar (the other being the Chinese Lunar New Year), and is a legal holiday in several countries. Farmers celebrate the end of the summer harvesting season on this date.

Traditionally, on this day, Chinese family members and friends will gather to admire the bright mid-autumn harvest moon, and eat moon cakes and pomeloes together. It is also common to have barbecues outside under the moon, and to put pomelo rinds on one's head.

Brightly lit lanterns are often carried around by children. Together with the celebration, there appear some special customs in different parts of the country, such as burning incense, planting sweet-olive trees, lighting lanterns on towers, and fire dragon dances.

Shops selling mooncakes, before the festival, often display pictures of Chang'e, floating to the moon.


Origin

The custom of worshipping the moon (called Xi yue in Chinese) for both the Han and minority nationalities, can be traced as far back as the ancient Xia, and Shang Dynasties (2000 BCE-1066 BCE). In the Zhou Dynasty (1066 BCE-221 BCE), the people celebrated the Mid-Autumn Festival to worship the moon.


The practice became very prevalent in the Tang Dynasty (618-907 CE) that people enjoyed and worshipped the full moon. In the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279), however, people started making round moon cakes, as gifts to their relatives in expression of their best wishes of family reunion. At night, they came out to watch the full moon to celebrate the festival.

Since the Ming (1368-1644), and Qing Dynasties (1644-1911), the custom of Mid-Autumn Festival celebration has become unprecedentedly popular.

Source : Wiki


If you dun wanna count all those historical facts, its alot simpler .... Mid autumn Festival is a time where you play tanglung (Lantern) and eat Mooncake .... there! kautim! easy anot? lol!!!

Now, if you please excuse me .... I got a Mid autumn Party to attend .... Happy Mid autumn Festival! More photos of the party later ok?

5 comments:

  1. yeah yeah... this yr Mid Autumn Festival I balik kampung. I missed out this festival for so many years oledi.

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  2. PR naik got celebrate kah? Kkakaka...

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  3. may be you could show us how to do moon cake...

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  4. LOL< I see breastfeding ads here.

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