Wednesday, September 22, 2010

中秋节 来了!

I always look forward to the Mid-Autumn Festival more than any other Chinese festivals throughout the year because of the mouth-watering moon cake frenzy. Especially, since these days people have become so innovative about moon cake flavors, fillings and skin types.

For the past few years, I only celebrated Mid-Autumn Festival by eating the complimentary moon cakes from our hotel partners, if any. I never purposely bought one for myself as I think it is quite boring and sad to eat the whole thing all by myself. I could not send moon cakes to my parents back home either due to logistical reasons. Hence, I have not been celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival with my family like I used and supposed to be. For a few good years.

This year is different. My husband is around (Thank God!) and in-laws are quite nearby. Geographically speaking, I now can celebrate Mid-Autumn festival - which I think officially falls tonight (15th August in Lunar Calendar), with my new family this weekend. Although most likely I will just celebrate it by eating moon cakes again since I don't practice pai-pai.

My husband gave me a surprise visit last night and suddenly after dinner, he felt like celebrating the moon cake festival by eating one of the moon cakes that we bought for our parents over the weekend. I guessed he was very inspired by the full moon in the dark sky that we spotted outside last night.

Moon cakes bought from Carrefour, JB: Same quality but so much cheaper than Singapore's moon cakes!
I love the pretty boxes.

Last night's victim: The Yam Moon Cake

Mid-Autumn's Night Date with Husband

See the three layers filling for the Yam's moon cake?! So nice!

So what is actually this Moon Cake Festival about? My husband and I had a discussion about the legend of this festival last night. Both of us were not quite sure about this but we were positive that it's a love story which involves a human, a Moon Goddess and a rabbit.

A quick check from Wikipedia, the Moon Goddess, Chang'e, apparently could only meet her mortal husband on earth, Houyi, once a year during the full moon (unimaginable!). I am not quite sure of the whole love story but apparently the rabbit and Chang'e pound herbs together for the gods on the moon (Huh?!). Since there are quite a number of versions for this legend in Wikipedia, I could not be bothered reading the whole stories. Just a thought - maybe it is easier and more economical to just ask the elderly to meet the curiosity about the legend behind Moon Cake Festival.

Some people really think that this festival is quite a big deal. It is beyond eating moon cakes or distributing moon cake gifts to close friends and relatives. Some do celebrate this by doing pai-pai, having dinner with family and other sorts. Moreover, China nationally celebrates this by having three days public holiday starting from today. Amazing. How I wish Singapore did this too.

My husband had dinner with his colleagues outskirt his site area to celebrate this big day. How did I celebrate this? I just had a normal dinner and went shopping with Iris Tan at Far East Square. More resourceful.

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