Checking Out Community Celebrations
Tasting Moon Cakes
I was contemplating to make our own moon cakes, but then I checked out instructions and decided to leave mooncakes to professionals. They were easy to find. I drove from work to a Chinese bakery 10 minutes away and was blown away by the varieties in the fillings for moon cakes. I chose several to try, some savory and some sweet for our own tea picnic in the moonlight on the Moon Cake Night. Smarty was very excited about the “idea” of moon cakes, but she didn’t care much for their taste, since the dough is rather thick and “heavy”. My husband and I ended up eating them for several days afterwards. Next time I will only get one or two!
Books About Mid-Autumn Festival
Our evening tea ceremony was inspired by Mooncakes by Loretta Seto. In this book a young girl has a quiet tea ceremony outside with her parents and listens to their stories about the origin of this holiday. We liked this book best, because it pictured a single child family similar to ours and because celebration was family-focused. It also features traditional Chinese legends about the Moon.
Thanking the Moon by Grace Lin is lovely, but was “too young” for my “sophisticated” 6 year old. I would recommend this book for preschool age children, and it gives a great overview of what usually happens just before and during Mid-Autumn Moon Festival in Asian families and communities. In both books there are references to lantern making – a great project for this time of the year.
breath of summer. Again, this book proved to be “too young” for us, but I would highly recommend it for preschool age children.
Watching the Harvest Moon Rise
Last night was perfect for moon watching – clear sky, no wind, and relatively warm. We took tea and treats outside. The best part was just lying on the blanket, looking at the stars and listening to our daughter chattering away as she does when she is very tired. I was thinking how blessed we are to be together, with no serious worries, enjoying our life under this silver light. My whispered wish to the Moon Lady was for peace and health and many years together.
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