27 September 2007

Mid Autumn Festival

Mid Autumn Festival has just passed us this year. It's celebrated by Chinese on the 15th of the 8th month of the Lunar Calendar...the day when the moon is supposedly the roundest and brightest. Many people (Chinese included) who are not so into the Chinese culture may thought that this festival is called Mooncake or Lantern Festival. This is because we eat mooncakes and carry lanterns on this day.


Some relate the Mid Autumn Festival to a particular event in the Chinese History when rebels rose to topple the corrupt emperor. They pass secret messages hidden in mooncakes. So much for my knowledge of Chinese history :p However, the significance of Mid Autumn Festival is actually to have family union, sharing it with people you love - you know, round moon, round table, equality, gatherings, togetherness...

Well, on that day, had dinner with family and as usual, led some children downstairs to carry lanterns and play sparkles....and something hilarious happened... Ok, I admit that there's nothing particularly funny about this picture. What happened was my nieces (the one in pink stripes and the other in blue) were posing for the phototaking. I was preparing the lantern for my daughter. Wifey was the photographer. At the count of 3, at the precise moment when the picture was snapped, I happened to extend the lantern and covered on of the beauties.

Celebrating Mid Autumn Festival can be fun...and dangerous. Most people (adults especially, and certainly police and fireman) would have been happy by just walking around with lanterns. The children and teenagers would be more creative - they'll start lighting candles in a row, set off sparklers, throw it into the air, let it hang on trees etc ... potential killer litter or arson. Over the years, I've seen lanterns burn, tress burn, clothes burn etc because the kids lack adult supervision when playing with fire.

Do have fun, but don't let celebrations turn into tragedy. OK, this is what it should have been...

16 comments:

ras said...

No autumn in S'pore. So sounds strange if we call it Mid-Autumn Festival :P

april1 said...

no worry, we still have the people we love, round moon, round table, equality, gathering,togetherness...:p

ras said...

Master K missed "celebrating" the mid-autumn festival with us, so try to make it to the next celebration, okay? Btw, what is the next festival? Hari Raya Puasa? Wanna celebrate? :lol

khirsah said...

No autumn cannot celebrate meh? :p
Yeap, missed the celebrations with you guys...better luck next time.

The Frog Prince said...

Ya loh. We could have also ordered the mooncakes that night hor.. see that table of 4 besides us that night, also ordered 2 mooncakes only to eat :) kekekeke.

little_gecko said...

Believe it or not, little gecko only had 2 mooncakes to eat dis entire mid-autumn fes... so chum... *wails* :(

ras said...

Ras haven't eaten mooncakes for years. :lol

khirsah said...

As one gets older...stomach seems to take in less mooncakes...and dumplings and new year cake...

ras said...

And eat less at buffet .... But then grow fat fast. :(

The Frog Prince said...

Kekekeke. By the way is that little girl our little ape? Looooks so adorable!! so squeeky kekeke.

Froggy also never eat alot of mooncakes mah. Strange also. This year's mid-autumn is rather quiet :)

ras said...

So froggy wants to celebrate by carrying lanterns? Next year, join Master K's little apes. :P

ras said...

Btw, what are little apes called? Apelets??? :P

khirsah said...

Young apes are still called babies or infants...
Yeap, tat's my little darling there.

Gecko said...

Ahem, fyi, little gecko still have cravings for all sorts of sweet stuffs. If there's a cake hi-tea, little gecko might just go for it. kekekeke....

khirsah said...

Really? I'm sure Flo or Ras can find something sweet for us? Actually, I was hoping to visit the one in... Serangoon? FP mentioned one... Eyes Wide Open... :p...

ras said...

This place only $7.90++ for high tea during weekends. ($6.90++ on weekdays). It's just a small cafe. Not much variety, but value for money. Nonya kueh, mee siam, mee rebus, laksa ...

http://www.can.com.sg/neocan/en/streetwise/eat/small_chilli_padi.html