Thursday, October 05, 2006

Mid Autumn Festival - Today!

Also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival; China's Moon Festival is celebrated around town and especially in people's homes in China. Traditionally it marks the end of the harvest season. The festival is marked by the making and eating of "moon cakes" - round pastries filled with sweet fillings. In Shanghai, the favourite filling is a red bean paste. Houses are decorated with coloured animal-shaped paper lanterns and altars are piled with round fruits to symbolise the shape of the moon. The evening is spent moon-gazing and enjoying the company of family, before enjoying a feast at midnight.

Tonight we will celebrate this festival with friends within our adoption “family”. We have planned a fun evening at Montreal’s Botanical Gardens. In the Chinese gardens, they are having a lantern festival that I have wanted to see for a very long time. We will picnic, check out the lanterns and share mooncakes under the full harvest moon. It should be a wonderful evening!

7 comments:

Doris & Dan Clark said...

It is going to be fun!

Keep smilin!

Lisa & Oliver said...

Have fun tonight and happy autumn moon festival to you all!

Gracencameronsmomy said...

That is so cool that they have that! We went to the Auntumn Moon Festival in Downtown San Francisco and it was so neat...I love this hioliday!
Lisa

Elisa, Jarrod & Thomas said...

Happy autumn moon festival, see you tonight!

Connie said...

Have a great time - wish I could be there :0)

Lisa and Doug said...

Happy Autumn Moon Festival! Have a great time tonight.

Jeff and Michelle said...

How cool. Sounds like a wonderful time.

Michelle