Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Autumn Moon Festival

"When the moon is full,
mankind is one!"
In China and throughout many Asian countries people celebrate the Harvest Moon on the 15th day of the eighth month of their lunar calendar. The date in the Western calendar changes yearly. This year it fell on October 3.
The festival is the second most important festival after the Spring festival for the Chinese people. The Harvest Moon Festival is a day of family reunions much like a Western Thanksgiving we celebrate in the US.
The festival dates back to the Tang dynasty in 618 A.D.. There are many different way the Chinese celebrate. Most important is the moon. The Chinese believe that on that day the moon is the roundest and brightest signaling a time of completeness.
Traditional foods for a Chinese Moon festival are red in color, which symbolizes good luck. Lobster and salmon, apples, pomegranates, roasted peanuts and moon cakes.

Every year we have been lucky enough to celebrate with our adoption friends. This year we all gathered at Gracie's Chinese Buffet on Sunday Oct 4th.

Grace, the owner, always has something for the kids. This year she gave all the kids a nice set of chop sticks. Lindy was determined to use them.

I hope someday we can learn to really use them correctly.

Molly, Kaley & Lindy

Molly took this picture. This is Gracie.

1 comment:

Chasity said...

What a wonderful way to bring the children together. The girls looked like they were doing great with their chopsticks. Keep up the fabulous work girls!

I wish we had a group that did this, our travel group is so spread out, getting together for the reunion is probably all we can do. This is so wonderful for the girls.