celebrations to honor the seasons and the full moo
What do you do for the full moon, equinoxes, and solstices?
August 1, 2007 3:12pm CST
Do you do anything special for the full moon? Do you do anything special for the equinoxes and solstices? There is a full moon song that I sing at the time of the full moon. We used to have a meditation group close to the full moon.But the group no longer meets. We had too many schedule and time commitment problems. Some friends and I do drumming for the equinoxes and solstices. What do you do to celebrate them? If you don't do anything right now, what would you like to do? If you don't believe in this, then please pass. This is for people who do believe in these time periods as special. If you're not sure what you believe, it's fine to read along. Thank you.
• Hong Kong
5 Sep 07
We don't have things to do for every one of the dates you mentioned. But we have the specials as follows: In our lunar calendar, on the 15th of August. We call the Mid-Autumn Festival, and that's the only full moon we are celebrating around here. We have moon cakes and families will gather for dinners, we will watch the moon and play with lanterns. For the winter solstice, we will have the family celebration dinner again and it's a must for every family around here to gather and eat together.
• United States
5 Sep 07
I put all those there hoping someone celebrated at least one or did something with at least one of them. Autust 15th, that's a new one on me. Neat though, just before the harvest (up here) and all the hard work begins. Mid-autumn would be October here. That would be end of harvest except for grapes-most years, it depends. At full-moons, I sing a song to Grandmother Moon. During the Solstice, I pray and meditate because Christmas takes up everyone's time up here. I usually make 3 Sister's Soup. Since I learned how to make my own funky sour dough flat bread, I often make that with it, but usually a special one with sunflower seeds or nuts or something. What are moon cakes? Winter Solstice tradition of eating together sounds wonderful. Thank you for responding. I was really looking for other ideas to help me celebrate since I am the only one in my family of my religion. My sister-in-law is Wiccan, but I believe in Shamanism. Some things overlap, but some don't. So I was trying for some suggestions. You responded and I now have some suggestions. Playing with lanterns sounds neat, too. Are they paper lanterns? Do you swing them or how do you play with them? If it wasn't usually sub-zero up here during the winter solstice, lanterns on the longest night would be wonderful! Thank you very much for responding. Your answers were great!
• Hong Kong
5 Sep 07
Moon cakes are lotus seed paste covered with some kind of pastry. It's very tasty but fattening. But they have got all the new ones now, those are frozen like cheese cakes. I still prefer the traditional one *laughs*. The old lanterns are paper one, we lit candles inside and they are really beautiful. Again those funky new ones come out in plastic with a light bulb inside - how scary! Never found them attractive though!