Monday, October 11, 2010

Autumn Moon Festival

Summarized from wikipedia ... The Mid Autumn Moon Festival is a popular harvest festival celebrated in China. It dates backs over 3,000 years. It is one of the few most important holidays in the Chinese calendar. Farmers celebrate the end of the summer harvesting season on this date. Traditionally on this day, Chinese family members and friends will gather to admire the bright mid-autumn harvest moon and eat moon cakes.

In China, the Mid-Autumn Festival is held on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar, which is in September or early October in the Gregorian calendar. It is a date that parallels the autumnal equinox of the solar calendar, when the moon is at its fullest and roundest. The traditional food of this festival is the mooncake, of which there are many different varieties.

Our local FCC chapter has a celebration every fall but several years ago we started celebrating with other adoptive families that we are friends with and a new Shelby county version has emerged! Our friends the Bailey's have hosted this fun party and we have had a blast, this year being no different. It's a laid back affair, and not necessarily scheduled with the full moon - but that's really irrelevant to all the fun we have together. Watching the girls play together is more fun than any parent should be able to have!

Here's a few pictures from the fun & festivities!


rachel.a.rasmussen said...

Love it! Did you guys burn your wishes? I made sure to do this last month but forgot the Moon Cakes and didn't have anything round but a bagel thin :)

The Byrd's Nest said...

Oh so precious!!! All of those precious little faces....especially your two:)

sierrasmom said...

We celebrated with our friends and their newly adopted daughter. We had a cookout at our house and then watched the moon come up. Didn't take any pics though. Don't know what was up with that!!

Virginia said...

Great pics! All of the girls (and their parents) seemed to be having a great time. I know we did! It was great to meet you and your sweet girls.