Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!
As you may know, Jon and I are mostly Chinese - Jon has some Filipino blood in him - and so we celebrate some of the Chinese holidays. Being a "third culture" kid, I wouldn't necessarily say we pick and choose which holidays to celebrate, but any holiday with mooncake is definitely on the list. Today is the Mid-Autumn Festival, also known (actually) as the Mooncake Festival. If you need more information on this wonderful holiday, you can check out this Wikipedia article, which is where I have also gleaned most of my information ;)
But to sum it up, it's a day where people celebrate harvest and family and the moon and have lanterns and eat lots of mooncake. You may be impressed to know that in the time it's taken me to write this blog post, I have consumed an entire mooncake on my own, in fact the one in the picture above. If you've ever had mooncake, you'll know that it's incredibly dense stuff. If you haven't, then you seriously need to try this product at Emicakes, because they are to die for. Historically, apparently people asked for babies and prosperity, although I think these days, with the price of strollers and daycare, the two seem mutually exclusive. So from our family to yours, I hope you have a great Mid-Autumn Festival, with maybe some mooncake, or otherwise, some ice cream or tea or something tasty.
What is your favourite mooncake flavour? Mine is double eggyoke white loutus! But each box is like 35$ :( soooo expensive
I also like the lotus + egg yolk! The egg yolk is my favourite part. Mooncakes are getting more and more expensive – I read somewhere about a tradition stacking 13 mooncakes, but I don’t think we could afford that!! :)
Thanks so much for sharing! It’s amazing how many different cultures and traditions are celebrated here in Canada – and it’s wonderful that our fountain pen community is able to see so many parts of it :)
Mickey Oberman said:
I am Jewish. Our autumn festival is also our New Year – Rosh Hashanah – Head of the year.
The greeting is Shona Tova – Good New Year. It is an abbreviation of a much longer greeting.
The beauty and joy of this song in Hebrew, of which I understand very little, epitomizes our New Year.