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Lin Lin
Sep 13th, 2008, 12:55 PM
Tomorrow is 15th August in Chinese calendar,this day originally is called mid-autumn day. We can literally understand it.In ancient China, people celebrated the harvest of the year in mid-autumn by sharing a special cake with families.Now, People who work far away from their homes will try to come back for the union and have a very big family dinner.At the 15th of every month in Chinese calendar, the moon is always fully round and bright. People can enjoy the moon while eating moon-cakes, and also, some couples choose this day for marriage to make it more memorable.:):):)

Some moon-cakes:

http://www.xiangxianshiwen.cn/image/meishi/yuebin/11.jpg

http://www.china-bygc.com/tp/news/200708/20070830151430601.jpg

http://hiphotos.baidu.com/xueyuanchun/pic/item/c7db02e98eeea326b90e2db0.jpg

Imperfect Angel
Sep 13th, 2008, 01:37 PM
中秋节快乐!!! :clap2: :aparty:
I just celebrated with some friends just now because on Monday we will have to sit for exams.:( So tomorrow we will have no more celebrations.:o

Ellery
Sep 13th, 2008, 01:38 PM
中秋节快乐!
Yay :D

supergrunt
Sep 13th, 2008, 01:38 PM
Is this kind of like Thanksgiving :p ?

égalité
Sep 13th, 2008, 04:36 PM
I'm going to a mooncake festival today! :hearts:

I've never been to one before.

King Aaron
Sep 13th, 2008, 05:22 PM
Is this kind of like Thanksgiving :p ?
Ehh...no I don't think it's like Thanksgiving. ;)

I'm going to a mooncake festival today! :hearts:

I've never been to one before.
Awww. :D

LeRoy.
Sep 13th, 2008, 06:54 PM
15th August ?

CrossCourt~Rally
Sep 13th, 2008, 07:31 PM
Mmmm, they look delicious! :drool::lick:

Lin Lin
Sep 14th, 2008, 08:05 AM
15th August ?




You are right, today is 15th August in Chinese Calendar:):):)

Lin Lin
Sep 14th, 2008, 08:09 AM
中秋节快乐!!! :clap2: :aparty:
I just celebrated with some friends just now because on Monday we will have to sit for exams.:( So tomorrow we will have no more celebrations.:o

中秋快乐!!:D:worship:


Exam:lol::lol:A bit scary
:eek:

Lin Lin
Sep 14th, 2008, 08:18 AM
Is this kind of like Thanksgiving :p ?

We can understand partly like that,but in Chinese culture, the most important thing in this day is sharing moon-cakes with family, you know, mooncakes are usually round(like the moon at this night,full and round), the word "round" in Chinese is "圆", which literally means “reunion,consummation”, so it's a very hapy moment for every family.:):)

Lin Lin
Sep 14th, 2008, 08:19 AM
I'm going to a mooncake festival today! :hearts:

I've never been to one before.

Enjoy the moment, have fun!:D:D:bounce:

galadriel
Sep 14th, 2008, 09:35 AM
Happy Mooncake Day :hug:

InsideOut.
Sep 14th, 2008, 11:32 AM
lilinshan, are you sure you got the history of the mooncakes correct? :confused:

From what I know, it was because at the end of the Yuan Dynasty (ruled by Mongols) some Chinese people concealed a piece of paper in these meat cakes (with crust of course) telling them to come out and rebel against the Mongols on mid-Autumn festival, and that is why people eat mooncakes nowadays. :D

Lin Lin
Sep 14th, 2008, 11:43 AM
lilinshan, are you sure you got the history of the mooncakes correct? :confused:

From what I know, it was because at the end of the Yuan Dynasty (ruled by Mongols) some Chinese people concealed a piece of paper in these meat cakes (with crust of course) telling them to come out and rebel against the Mongols on mid-Autumn festival, and that is why people eat mooncakes nowadays. :D



what a horrible story, I don't know whether it is right, you can find over 1000 stories telling about how mooncakes come from.If you can read chinese, here are some of these stories:

http://www.cnetnews.com.cn/2008/0914/1125863.shtml

http://www.flashmayi.com/article/show.php?id=27287

http://blog.soufun.com/5528052/227077/articledetail.htm

so, it's a very old tradition, probably no historical document can precisely illustrate this cultural thing. For me, the most "accurate" thing is what my grandpa told me, because I believe he is the best story-teller in the world.:):):worship::worship:

InsideOut.
Sep 14th, 2008, 11:52 AM
^Of course I can read Chinese; I do live in Hong Kong after all. :lol: But well, that's the only story that I've ever come across. :confused: Well anyway I can barely see the moon tonight. :(

Lin Lin
Sep 14th, 2008, 11:57 AM
^Of course I can read Chinese; I do live in Hong Kong after all. :lol: But well, that's the only story that I've ever come across. :confused: Well anyway I can barely see the moon tonight. :(



Haha, is it cloudy in HK? :)or you will never see the moon due to air pollution?:(:confused:


I don't know weather the recent tropical storm will visit HK tonight:confused:

InsideOut.
Sep 14th, 2008, 12:01 PM
^Not because of air pollution. I usually can see the moon. Maybe it hasn't risen yet :confused: HK Observatory says it should be visible at 11 pm :D But tropical storm is bypassing HK I think. :woohoo:

Lin Lin
Sep 14th, 2008, 12:07 PM
Are you kidding me by saying "Maybe it hasn't risen yet"? Don't you know the moon will be always there,fully round and bright,at every 15th night of a month in Chinese calendar??

Of course, you definitely can enjoy at 11pm if you don't think it's late for sleep.

InsideOut.
Sep 14th, 2008, 12:10 PM
^I know that's why i put :confused:

I think it's clouds.

Lin Lin
Sep 14th, 2008, 12:10 PM
HK Observatory :help::help:

Lin Lin
Sep 14th, 2008, 12:14 PM
Have you tasted some mooncakes?;)

CCTV-1,-3,-4 and -9 are showing the mooncake festival gala!:D:D:D

InsideOut.
Sep 14th, 2008, 12:17 PM
^I started a few days ago. Do you have these white mooncakes in the Mainland (ice skin, if you translate literally, :lol:) didn't bother to type Chinese. ;) My computer might hang. :(

Lin Lin
Sep 14th, 2008, 12:19 PM
what is white mooncake:unsure:

Lin Lin
Sep 14th, 2008, 12:23 PM
Master Yu Gongzhong is talking about mooncake festival:worship::worship:

InsideOut.
Sep 14th, 2008, 12:24 PM
^冰皮月餅

http://news.xinhuanet.com/food/2005-09/20/xinsrc_36209022009007161548111.jpg

InsideOut.
Sep 14th, 2008, 12:25 PM
Oh god I can see the moon now. Probably was just clouds!!! :woohoo: Right outside my window. :)

Lin Lin
Sep 14th, 2008, 12:27 PM
^冰皮月餅

http://news.xinhuanet.com/food/2005-09/20/xinsrc_36209022009007161548111.jpg
:lol::lol:I know this, but never tried:oI'm watering:lick::drool:

Lin Lin
Sep 14th, 2008, 12:29 PM
Oh god I can see the moon now. Probably was just clouds!!! :woohoo: Right outside my window. :)



Awesome!!!It's outside my window too;)


Amazing, we are all sharing one moon at the moment!:awww::awww:

Vefci Y
Sep 14th, 2008, 12:58 PM
I like 冰皮月餅Very much!

flyingmachine
Sep 14th, 2008, 10:18 PM
:lol::lol:I know this, but never tried:oI'm watering:lick::drool:

Me too. :o
The mooncakes in UK are :help: compare to the ones in HK.
Anyway, guys Happy Mooncake Fest. :worship:

égalité
Sep 14th, 2008, 10:34 PM
Mooncakes are delicious :lick:

I had so much fun!

CrossCourt~Rally
Sep 14th, 2008, 11:30 PM
^冰皮月餅

http://news.xinhuanet.com/food/2005-09/20/xinsrc_36209022009007161548111.jpg


:drool::drool: I wonder where i can buy these in the US :drool::drool:

Lin Lin
Sep 15th, 2008, 08:23 AM
The mooncakes will be more cheaper in supermarket after the mooncake day!!!So I can enjoy more!!!!!:bounce::bounce::lol: