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September 17, 2011

Chinese Moon Festival - 中秋节


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The Chinese Moon Festival (also called the Mooncake or Mid-Autumn festival) is held on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar, fell on September 12, 2011. When the moon is at its maximum brightness for the entire year, the Chinese celebrate "zhong qiu jie".

Chinese culture is deeply imbedded in traditional festival. The Moon Festival is one of the most important traditional events, just like Christmas and Thanksgiving in the West.

The legend surrounding this occasion is about a beautiful lady named "chang er", who flew to the moon with her beloved rabbit named "yu tu" whose coat was pure white as white jade and they have lived there forever. Children are told the story of the moon fairy living in a crystal palace, who comes out to dance on the moon's shadowed surface.

The moon cake is the food for the Moon Festival. The Chinese families hold reunions together spending their evening tasting delicious moon cakes with some wine while watching the full moon. The legend, the families and the poems, you can't help but thinking that this is really a perfect world. That is why the Chinese are so fond of the Moon Festival.

The photos I captured are not a Chinese moon cake:-), I just love the Latin expression. Please view a better image at:

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