Tuesday, October 9, 2012

August Moon Festival in Townsville

For the second time this month we went to a Chinese Full Moon Festival. This time it was while we were back in my hometown of Townsville. I haven't been to an Moon Festival at home in years so it was great!

I got all dolled up in traditional Chinese garb in a full length royal blue "cheong sam" that I bought from the Valley Markets. I was trying to look "authentic Chinese" but when I got there I got bit worried I just looked authentically like a waitress in a Chinese restaurant and I was worried people would start ordering drinks from me.

They didn't. Thank God. Cause that would be embarrassing.

In my last post about the Moon Festival I talked about how we always called it the August Moon Festival when we were kids, even though it's not in August. Weirdly I never questioned this. But my fabulous friend Sunny in Canada sent me this:

I would like to share with you something that I know about the Moon Festival.  The Chinese Moon Festival is on the August 15th of the lunar Calendar, not the Gregorian calendar.  That is why it does not always fall in August based on the Gregorian calendar.  

Do you know the full moon also symbolises family reunions?  With the full moon, the legend of Chang Er flying to the moon and the poems, I personally think the Moon Festival is one of the most sentimental festivals to the Chinese.  I will start telling (my son) Hubert the traditions when we are far from China.  

I am hoping you will have a wonderful moon festival.  Here is a well-known poem for this occasion:

Thoughts in the Silent Night 
by Li Bai

The Moonlight is shinning through the window

And it makes me wonder if it is the frost on the ground

Looking up to see the moon

Looking down I miss so much about my hometown

**Thanks Sunny!!**

Oh we ate moon cake too. I loooove these! I think I had about 4 on my own over the course of my trip. Very bad. They're super high in calories.

The traditional moon cake made from lotus seed paste or red bean and has salted egg yolks inside. The imprint on the outside usually has symbols of long life or harmony. History (or folklore) says they were used during the Ming Dynasty to overthrow the Mongol rule by hiding secret messages inside about the revolution. Meh...all I know is they're super tasty!!

Happy August Moon all!!