Thursday, September 16, 2010

Mooncake Festival in Sabah

In Sabah, many Chinese celebrate the Mooncake Festival, also known as the Lantern Festival. as the name suggests, this festival involves eating mooncakes and kids playing with lanterns. This festival is also, and correctly called the Mid Autumn Festival. Celebrated when the moon is at its fullest, on the 15th day of the 8th month in the lunar calender. This normally falls on September or October.

Because mooncakes are the traditional food during this festival, it came to be called Chinese moon cake festival. This also makes it more commercial, with the sales of mooncakes and lanterns. Still, it does not take anything away from hanging out with family and friends, and celebrating the tradition.

Traditionally, this makes the end of the harvesting season in China. In the old days, it is a welcome break where you can sit and enjoy a gorgeous view of the moon, and the kids can have some fun with the neighbors.

Paper Lanterns and All

When I was a kid, we use to play with paper lanterns with a lighted candle inside. This is just about the only time we can play with fire, so you can imagine how much fun we had, and many a lantern went up in flames.

These days, they came up with plastic lanterns that runs on batteries, including some with really annoying sounds. But as a parent, it makes life easier, and you can always choose one with just the lights. This being the first lantern festival my angelic girl remembers, she had a lot of fun with her lantern.


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