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The Tale of Mid Autumn Festival

Take a look at the moon tonight, it will be at its brightest.  It is the Mid Autumn Festival (September 8, 2014) again.  We do not celebrate the festive like we used to when all the kids were young.  But we still enjoy having mooncakes and tea at home.  So this year we tried the durian ice cream mooncakes which were selling very well.    Here are some of the pictures and a tale of those mooncakes from long time ago. Enjoy.

A tale of the Mid-Autumn Festival story which I want to share. Source: chinesefortunecalender.com.

During the Yuan dynasty (A.D.1280-1368) China was ruled by the Mongolian people. Leaders from the preceding Sung dynasty (A.D.960-1280) were unhappy at submitting to foreign rule, and set how to coordinate the rebellion without it being discovered. The leaders of the rebellion, knowing that the Moon Festival was drawing near, ordered the making of special cakes. Backed into each moon cake was a message with the outline of the attack. On the night of the Moon Festival, the rebels successfully attacked and overthrew the government. What followed was the establishment of the Ming dynasty (A.D. 1368-1644). Today, moon cakes are eaten to commemorate this legend. Happy Mid Autumn.

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Mid Autumn Festival (中秋節)

It’s Mid Autumn festival again. The Chinese celebrate the festival on the 15th day of eighth lunar month and this year falls on the 30th of September. The celebration became popular during the early Tang Dynasty. There was a Chinese legend about it, but I won’t dwell on it here. In Singapore, it is difficult to miss this festival. When we open newspapers in the morning, we can see advertisements after advertisements celebrating the festive. The promotion of activities at the shopping malls and the promises of goody bag gifts for the attendance. When you received credit card bills, enclosed in the envelope was a 5 stars hotel mooncakes at 15 to 20 percent off early bird promotion. All these are hard to resist and ignore.

On the mid-autumn night, the moon is at its fullest. It is also a family get together time. We will see kids carrying bright lanterns under this bright moonlight. Different places have different way of celebrating the festival. Those who have back yard in their houses will gather together to drink tea and eat mooncakes, chit chatting under the moon light. For me it is just another excuse for celebration. It is a nice change of pace from our usual and routine daily life.

The festive brings togetherness in the communities; it colors the neighborhoods night with all those big and small bright red lanterns hanging. Neighbours, friends and family, who are usually too busy with their life, will pause and reconnect on this occasion. We are repeating to our kids the tale of the mid-autumn which has been told from one generation to the next. This too becomes a tradition that change and adapt as time goes on.

Happy Mid Autumn !

Moon cakes tin.
There are four moon cakes in the box.
One of the moon cakes. It is lotus paste with an egg yolk flavour.
We usually have it with Chinese tea.

中秋節日是在每年農曆的八月十五日,今年的中秋是在陽歷九月三十日。中秋節是在唐代初期開始流行的慶祝活動。在新加坡,它是很難錯過的節日。當我們在早上打開報紙時,我們可以看到好多慶祝的廣告。在購物商場裡有促銷活動和禮包贈品。當你收到信用卡帳單,在信封中就有五星級酒店的月餅廣告,折扣高達百分之十五至二十,這些都是難以抗拒與忽略的。

在中秋之夜,月亮是在其最圓最亮的時候。這也是家庭聚會的時間。我們將看到在這皎潔的月光下,孩子們攜帶明亮的燈籠。不同的地方有不同的方式慶祝活動。那些有後院的人將齊聚一堂,喝茶,吃月餅,在月光的照耀下聊天。對我來說,遠遠超過一個慶祝的藉口。

節日帶來和睦的氣氛,大小紅色的燈籠點亮鄰里的晚上。鄰居,朋友和家人,通常忙於自己的生活,都將暫停在這個場合。我們會重複中秋節的故事給孩子,從一代到下一代,這將成為一個傳統。

中秋快樂 !

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