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Thursday, October 1, 2009

The Moon Festival

This Saturday night, people across Asia will celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival or 中秋节 (Zhōngqiūjié) in Mandarin. To find out why our family celebrates the Moon Festival... and whether or not we'll be eating mooncakes or moon pies... check out my post Mid-Autumn Moon Festival at the group adoption blog Grown In My Heart. And I'd love to know what y'all do on this holiday (if anything). We can all use new ideas!

18 comments:

Dawn said...

That's really neat! Even with our many friends with adopted children, I have not heard of this holiday.

But, in honor of them (and you!) I will take the time to moon gaze this Saturday evening - offering prayers of thanks for the blessings of these children and the sacrafice/gift that their birth families gave.

Have a great moon weekend - hope it's clear skies for you!

Buckeroomama said...

That poem Jing Ye Shi...? J recites it by heart. :) It's also the only one that I can remember from school!

Have a great mid-autumn festival. We'll just be hanging around with other families downstairs, lanterns and glow sticks on hand... Hubby and I are not into mooncakes, but J apparently tasted one at school yesterday and loves it.

Beach Mama said...

I incorporated the Moon Festival into our Social Studies lessons this week. We will make moon cookies, decorate lanterns. We plan to camp out this weekend under the Moon. We'll probably make Camp out Moon cakes (S'mores) with a big fat Marshmallow on top!

Suzie said...

Great post TM! Sounds like a great way to celebrate the Moon Festival. I love that you sent an email to family and friends and asked them to join you under the moon.

Enjoy!

Kim K. said...

We having five other adoptive families over on Saturday night. I'm making sugar cookies (in the shape of moons) and paper lanterns for the kids to decorate with star and moon stickers. Stay tuned for pictures!

Desiree' said...

Well, my husband is taking the older kiddos camping the littles and I are attempting to make gluten free mooncakes. (oh yeah and it gets better we will try to change the filling to an apple butter) When we lived in MI the FCC had a moon festival with a puppet show and the works, here haven't found the connections yet : ( (big sigh and feeling sorry for myself...LOL)

CC said...

thanks for the heads up! Our local Korean society is probably doing something. I should look it up.

I have a book called "We see the moon" (or something like that) about adoption. I like it a lot.

Love Letters To China said...

We will be celebrating with our FCC family on South Beach in Miami. First have dinner at a wonderful Chinese restaurant and then walk to the beach to release balloons w/notes attached to our loved ones. It's adorable to see all the little ones walking with lanterns down Lincoln Road. It will be a fun time for all. Hopefully I'll be able to capture some beautiful pictures to post on my blog.

The Things We Carried said...

Will do!

Kim said...

We'll be celebrating with our local Chinese American Community Center. Maddie will be dancing the mountain dance as part of the entertainment - her first performance!

Fliss and Mike Adventures said...

Me, either sleeping or waiting... hugs to ya...

Lisa (Briana's Mom) said...

Bri and I are going to attempt to make mooncakes on Saturday (sugar cookies with jam) - I hope they turn out ok. And we will be gazing at the moon that night. Hopefully we have clear skies!

Carla said...

Well, thanks to your timely post, I'm going to visit the Asian grocery stores tomorrow and see if I can find moon cakes. If not, Sams Club has moon pies. ;)

Then Saturday night, we're getting together with friends and we'll moon gaze, eat our moon somethings, and we'll talk about family near and far I'm sure.

justgerbil said...

Ours will be Chuseok, and I'm willing to bet no one remembers to do anything (crying face). I'll get back to you on that one.

Jean said...

Tomorrow we are going to a friends house with our FCC group to make mooncakes! We are very excited to start some traditions for this special holiday!

Kiy said...

Thanks for the post. I left a longer comment at GIMY. :)

Cheers,

Kiy

Patty O. said...

You know, we have never celebrated Mid-Autumn Festival, but maybe we should. I lived in Hong Kong for 2 years and would love to expose my kids to the Chinese festivals. I had so much fun and made such great memories there. Though, if I had a choice, I would definitely choose moon pies over mooncakes. I have always maintained that mooncakes are Asia's equivalent of America's fruit cakes. They're everywhere, but no one really likes them.

Dita said...

TM, I can always count on you to explain these things to me. I was wondering what Moon Festival is but was afraid to ask.

The holiday is such a meaningful one and the traditions are a great way to celebrate a special day.

I agree that "trying" is the very best way to keep this tradition alive.

Speaking of alive....I presume the Tongginator won't be allowed to hit the hay until at least 11pm that night, eh?