Sunday, September 30, 2012

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival

Today is the 15th day of the 8th lunar month, a fullmoon day and incidentally, it is one of the major festivals in the Chinese calendar. It is the Mid-Autumn Festival and over here in Malaysian we also refer to it as the Mooncake Festival or Lantern Festival not to be mistaken with the Lantern Festival on the 15th/last day of the Chinese New Year or Spring Festival.

Today is pretty hazy too. Hopefully, the moon will be able to shine through tonight so as to pep up the spirit of the festival.

Image source: Wikipedia
Traditionally, family members will get together for dinner and afterwards enjoy an after-dinner spread of Mid-Autumn Festival delicacies of mooncakes, taro (mini yam), fruits mainly pomelo, and a very traditional food item, water caltrop.

A water caltrop is a fruit that resembles the head of a bull, each fruit containing a single very large starchy seed. The shell is hard and needs to be cracked open with an implement. Though it can be eaten raw, over here, we normally cook water caltrops by boiling them in water with salt added for taste.

There is an added attraction in this festival for children as they get to play with colourful pretty paper lanterns that come in various shapes/forms and sizes.

If you are in Kuala Lumpur, you may want to head on over to the Central Market to view the many beautiful lanterns on display. This is an annual affair.

Wikipedia has more about this Mid-Autumn Festival if you are interested.

If you are celebrating this festival, Happy Mid-Autumn Festival or like what the greeting card below says, Happy Moon Festival!



You might also be interested to read about Mid-Autumn Festival 2013 - more information and more images..



10 comments:

  1. Happy Part Yit Sup Ng always hv problem eating those hard & tough bull head

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  2. oh water caltrop, i actually didn't know what it's called but seems like it's only eaten during the mid-autumn festival.. a rather weird looking fruit right??

    so how was your mooncake festival?? stuffing yourself with loads of mooncakes and playing your barbie doll lanterns?? :p

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  3. Yeah didn't know it's called water caltrop too all my life until today. Haha tQ

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  4. Bananaz, hope you had a wonderful Part Yit Sup Ng too!

    A little explanation is in order here for the benefit of other/foreign readers.

    Part Yit Sup Ng is Cantonese Chinese that literally translates to 15th day of the 8th lunar month which is another way of saying Mid-Autumn Festival or Mooncake Festival or Lantern Festival.

    Part Yit Sup Ng can also colloquially be referred to as a person's (naked) butt.

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  5. SK, haha.. you meant the Ken lanterns?

    Have yet to try every mooncake type in the house. Just started with the pandan mooncakes from Tai Thong. Looking forward to trying out the ones with the twin yolks. Yummy, I expect.

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  6. Bananaz, learn a word a day. haha..

    Btw, you can see clearly now? :D

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  7. Hope you had a delightful day. Didnt go anywhere yesterday. just lepak at home

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  8. Belated greetings to you... I just got back from Kuching this morning, lots of catching up to do.

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  9. Small Kucing, home is the best place to be to celebrate a festival. Methinks.

    Trust the real small kucing had fun playing with his lanterns.

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  10. STP, hope you had a good time in Kuching. Welcome back!

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