Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Moon Festival - September

Shine on, shine on Harvest moon!

Tonight is one of the brightest full moons of the decade.

And Jupiter is bright, bright in the sky; on this, the first official day of autumn.

According to the Chinese, it is not a man but a lady living in the moon, who comes out to dance on the moon's shadowed surface.  The Chinese Moon Festival celebrates an archer who sank nine moons and won his immortality in the process.

Today, Chinese people celebrate the Mid-Autumn festival with dances, feasting and moon gazing. Not to mention mooncakes. While baked goods are a common feature at most Chinese celebrations, mooncakes are inextricably linked with the Moon festival. One type of traditional mooncake is filled with lotus seed paste. Roughly the size of a human palm, these mooncakes are quite filling, meant to be cut diagonally in quarters and passed around. This explains their rather steep price (around $5.00 in Canada). A word of caution: the salty yolk in the middle, representing the full moon, is an acquired taste.
Lady in the moon

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