Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Wishing Everyone a Joyful Mid-Autumn Moon Festival

With tender affection and caring,
Sending sincere, kind blessings.
We're thousands of miles away,
Wishing you perfect harmony.
The Truth comes from afar—
Hoping you understand Truth.
We wish you good fortune and health.

Thoughts in the Silent Night

The moonlight is shinning through the window,
And it makes me wonder if it is the frost on the ground,
Looking up to see the moon .....
Looking down I miss so much about my home town.

Wishing everyone a joyous and harmonious mid-Autumn Moon Festival

May the family spirit of brotherhood and friendship, fostered by colourful lanterns and delicious moon cakes; bring peace, happiness, harmony and fellowship to all people everywhere.

The joyful Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, which is the third and last festival for the living, is celebrated on the fifteenth day of the eighth moon, that is around the time of the autumnal equinox. It is also regarded as the 'Harvest Festival'.

Many folks refer to it simply as the "Fifteenth of the Eighth Moon". The festival day always occurs sometime between the second week of September and the second week of October of the western Gregorian calender.

This year, 2010, the Mid-Autumn festival falls on 22nd September.

Moon cakes, measuring about three inches in diameter and one and a half inches in height are a little like fruitcakes in taste and consistency, but with their brown crust they resemble meat pies.

These cakes were traditionally made with melon seeds, lotus seeds, almonds, minced meats, bean paste, orange peels and lard.

One or more golden yolk from a salted duck egg is often placed at the centre of each cake, and the golden brown crust is decorated with symbols of the festival.

The Shanghai moon cake, however is a different shape, it is almost spherical and a paler colour.

Traditionally, thirteen moon cakes are piled in a pyramid to symbolize the thirteen moons of a "complete year," that is, twelve moons plus one intercalary (additional, or interpolated) moon, which is added to balance the lunar and solar years.

Clouds gather in the sky,
The moon sings a song of the Motherland.
We bring a word of greeting—
How Have You Been?
Hoping you understand the Truth,
Wishing you good health!

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