Sunday, September 11, 2011

Taiwan Moon Festival

The Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋節), also known as the Moon Festival or Zhongqiu Festival is a popular harvest festival celebrated by ChineseTaiwanese, and Vietnamese people. Dating back over 3,000 years to moon worship in China's Shang Dynasty, it was first called Zhongqiu Jie (literally "Mid-Autumn Festival") in the Zhou Dynasty.[1] In MalaysiaSingapore, and the Philippines, it is also sometimes referred to as the Lantern Festival or Mooncake Festival                                         
The Mid-Autumn Festival is held on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar, which is in September or early October in the Gregorian calendar. It is a date that parallels the autumnal equinox of the solar calendar, when the moon is at its fullest and roundest. The traditional food of this festival is the mooncake, of which there are many different varieties. The Chinese festival is very traditional and a great way to celebrate.

When an old man begged for food, the monkey gathered fruits from the trees and the otter collected fish, while the jackal wrongfully pilfered a lizard and a pot of milk-curd. The rabbit, who knew only how to gather grass, instead offered its own body, throwing itself into a fire the man had built. The rabbit, however, was not burnt. The old man revealed himself to be Śakra and, touched by the rabbit's virtue, drew the likeness of the rabbit on the moon for all to see. It is said the lunar image is still draped in the smoke that rose when the rabbit cast itself into the fire. (image from wiki)

In my apartment complex, each building organizes their own food and eats together. We showed up a little late and got the left overs. The courtyard was crowded with people who live in the buildings around me listening to music with major echo effect on their voices. The smoke from all the grilling and worship has tainted my laundry hung out on my balcony and also the inside of my home.

Jake picking up the left overs. (Photo Below) We later went on the roof, to eat our moon cakes, looking at the moon, and watching some of our neighbors setting off fireworks. Later they got kicked off the roof for setting the fireworks off up there. Just before we showed up with our fireworks.

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