It's the moon cake festival today!

@Sanitary (3969)
Singapore
September 18, 2010 6:35am CST
It's a once in a year festival whereby people will be eating mooncakes while little children will be carrying those fanciful looking lanterns walking around. On top of that, there will be brightly lit lights all over, from shopping malls to the streets. It's a very beautiful sight just like the asian version of Christmas with no party and countdown. It's a very relaxing festive where families will gather around for activities or dinner, having great time. While the most important thing to do on such a day, is to take a look at the full moon. This is the time of the year whereby moon is at its brightest and fullest. Right now, I'm waiting to have dinner with my family and be watching the moon later. Do u guys celebrate mooncakes festival as well? How do u do it?
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@ckyera (17262)
• Philippines
19 Sep 10
hi sanitary! it sounds like a really happy event for people over your place, i think some people celebrate that as well over here but maybe only those who belongs in chinese community. i am not really are about this festival and i don't even know that there's actually a festival like this, all i know is that a moon cake is yummy! hehe i got a taste of it before when my grandmother bring them home.
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@Sanitary (3969)
• Singapore
20 Sep 10
So mooncake festival is celebrated over there too? Why don't u join in since it's so much fun? Did u try those mooncakes too? Do u know about the different flavors that comes with it? So glad to know u are enjoying this festival too.
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@ckyera (17262)
• Philippines
20 Sep 10
i'm not really sure but i guess chinese community do. hehe but its not as popular as chinese new year. i don't celebrate it, i just come to know about it when my grandmother is still working abroad and during those time, she will be having moon cakes from her employer and that's the only time that i come to taste it. so was mooncake festival usually celebrated september? i'm not aware of its different flavors all i remember is that its taste is new to me and actually at first i don't like it. hehe i just choose to eat that something in the center...was that salted egg?
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@Sanitary (3969)
• Singapore
21 Sep 10
Mooncake festival is like chinese new year, it does not have a fixed date. The actual date for the festival changes every date, depending on the movement of the sun. The yellow stuff is egg yolk.
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@jennyze (7048)
• Indonesia
18 Sep 10
I agree with the first responder. You have to explain more what is mooncakes festival, and from what country is this festival. I would like to learn more.
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@Sanitary (3969)
• Singapore
18 Sep 10
I don't quite know the details of the whole festival, but that's all about it. U can read it on my comments to the first respondent up there. I will do my research and come back for the actual story.
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@jennyze (7048)
• Indonesia
18 Sep 10
Oh, thank you. I just heard it this evening that it is a Chinese tradition?
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@Sanitary (3969)
• Singapore
19 Sep 10
It's a chinese festival but everybody are welcome to celebrate it together. I have seen kids of different religion and nationality, gather together having fun with their beautiful lanterns.
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@AvI0907 (231)
• Malaysia
18 Sep 10
Today is not the mooncakes festival. The exactly date for Mooncakes festival is 22 September 2010. Normally, i will celebrate this event but this year will celebrate with friends because i working at out station. However, it's new experience for me. wish you have a wonderful moment on celebrating mooncakes festival with your family.
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@AvI0907 (231)
• Malaysia
18 Sep 10
*mistake at 2nd row Normally, i will celebrate this event with family members but...
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@Sanitary (3969)
• Singapore
18 Sep 10
22nd sept? We have already started celebrations here! Unless we got it wrong and celebrate as it's on a weekend? Oh no!!
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@jwfarrimond (4475)
18 Sep 10
I have'nt a clue as to what the mooncake festival is. Perhaps you can explain exactly what it is? There's a full moon every month, (actually every 4 weeks) but you only celebrate this once a year?
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@Sanitary (3969)
• Singapore
18 Sep 10
There's actually a story behind this festival but I'm not sure how true that is. It's like a fairy tale in the past whereby there's this lady whom took some pills and started floating. Before she knows it, she's up in the moon. As for the actual reason for eating mooncakes on this particular day, I think it's the day where she meets her lover. In heaven, gods are not allowed to fall in love at all. Thus they are being punished and seperated by the milky way, only allowed to meet once a year. So I guess this is the day.
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18 Sep 10
Thanks for the explanation
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@Cherryd41 (1121)
• United States
18 Sep 10
HI Sanita I have never heard of a MOON FESTIVAL sounds like a sweet event since there will be lots of cake eaten ,as far as looking at the moon since this is what your saying the festival is also about I look at the full moon at night when its out and I have a new appreciation for the moon ever since I was a program on the DISCOVERY CHANNEL talking about how essential the moon is to the earth and without it the earth wouldn't be in existanc.
@Sanitary (3969)
• Singapore
19 Sep 10
It's a sweet festival but moon cakes are not cakes. They don't taste like cakes neither do they look like one as well. It's like a pastry actually, either squarish or round looking. There are many flavors coming with it, even birds nest or snow skin mooncakes. Does that make u want to try one? Delicious and tempting isn't it?
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@kun2349 (23475)
• Singapore
19 Sep 10
haha =D same like u, i thought it's yesterday too, but in fact it's not!! hehe ^_^ It should be on wed.. haha =D I guess majority of companies or even community centres celebrated yesterday due to it being a weekend. It's always the norm to celebrate before the actual festival rather than after when the mood is no longer there.. hehe ^_^ Hope u have a good celebration!
@Sanitary (3969)
• Singapore
20 Sep 10
I really got the date wrong due to the weekend celebration. It's all right though as long as we enjoy ourselves, have a good time with family members.
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@ckyera (17262)
• Philippines
20 Sep 10
lol! looks like both of you are excited for the festival that's why you think that its celebration is earlier than hat it should to be. was its date fixed every year?
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@kun2349 (23475)
• Singapore
23 Sep 10
WEh mommy!! haha =D Maybe it's due to the weekend, and seeing some many kids with lanterns around.. haha The date is not fixed every year, just like chinese new year.. hehe I wonder how does the movement of the moon affect the dates for each year.. haha