Today is Sep 25. That by itself, in this format, may not mean much. But if we cast it following the Chinese calendar, it’s also August 15. That means it’s Moon Cake Festival, by what we eat on the day, or the Mid-Autumn Festival, a literal translation of its Chinese counterpart.
Back home, while we all partake of the moon cake, which is not really a cake by western standard because the contents are encased within a crust, edible of course, the young and restless would parade around, paper-made lanterns in hand. Now the kids are all grown up, wify and I have to settle for just having a friend over to enjoy the moon cake, with a pot of tea.
Wify prepared a table-full of goodies in very short notice, and the moon cakes are from HongKong ...
But before that, I ventured outdoor to ogle at the moon, which is supposed to be especially bright and luminous on this night. Alas, it was not to be, thanks, and no thanks to the dark clouds hovering above me. Anyway, judge for yourself (I purposely framed the gentle glow between two tree tops).
As for the origin/provenance of the festival, I remember vaguely it being to commemorate the uprising of the masses in the dying days of the Yuan Dynasty, one of the two dynasties in Chinese history governed by other than the Han people, the other being the Ching Dynasty. In order to transmit the message for a synchronized uprising, undetected by the ruling government, they inserted the paper note in moon cakes for circulation. And the rest is history.
In Chinese folklore, the full moon is a symbol for the reunion of families. Therefore for those who are away from home and loved ones, it could be an especially trying time, the mind drifting back to the home while bodily separated. But we are glad Yu Huei could join us for the sentimental moment, helping to dissipate some of the longing feeling that tends to creep up on us in such a tender moment of nostalgia.
Wify and her frequent companion, both in life and in Dharma.
And wify's life-long companion ...