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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Mid Autumn Festival

Sharing these year's photos of the annual Mid-Autumn/Lantern/Mooncake festival that was held at the condo where we live. It's official - my boys have outgrown the lantern-toting ritual but sadly, I haven't! I love the enchantment of a procession  of excited kids with their colourful glowing lanterns under a full moon against the jetblack sky. I know I should have seen this coming when we lost our last lantern-toter the year before to teenage snobbery but I was wishing  the magic would last forever. I shall miss the pleasure of  my boys following me to Chinatown and helping them pick their lanterns! Sob!

My boys weren't amused when I bought them an elephant lantern. They refused to light it up!
Me with my Colombian neighbours
Food!!! It was a potluck party!
Traditional foods like caltrops, pomeloes, mooncakes and yams are served during the Mid Autumn celebration. A mortar & pestle is available for cracking the hard shells of the caltrops.
These creepy bat-like thingies  are called water caltrops aka bull's horns because of their horn-like structures. They are totally edible! They are actually nuts from an aquatic plant belonging to the same family of water chestnuts. I can still recall my dad turning  them into a spinning top using a bamboo skewer and some string when we were kids. Show that to a kid these days and chances are they are not impressed.
Water caltrops are only brought to our local markets from China once a year in Fall when the Chinese celebrates the Mid Autumn Festival.

Mooncakes

A turtle-shaped mooncake

* For the clueless, read about the festival in my previous post here.

12 comments:

Mimi B said...

Looks like another fantastic festival! What a great way to celebrate! I love the mooncake! lol

HOOTIN ANNI said...

That turtle mooncake is sweet!! I bet it is delicious too. Love the lanterns...it all looks like a great deal of fun throughout the festival.

Pink Jasmine said...

I chuckled at the picture of the elephant lantern you circled seated next to your son =-D I am sure they will look back at this with their children and appreciate this! If you get a chance, maybe you can post your recipe for mooncake along with pictures of yumminess!

Camille said...

Looks like a lot of fun! I'd never outgrow something like that. :)

Are We There Yet! said...

Pot luck parties are the very best kind!! Looks like you had so much food.

Love the seal lantern

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Carrie said...

I love the lanterns, that is so cool. It's so sad when the kids outgrow fun stuff :( though.

Those nuts are totally evil looking. They are awesome!

Keats The Sunshine Girl said...

We enjoy the traditional fillings like the red bean, lotus paste and do not care for the fancy filings of today!!
Nice gathering of neighbours and a good way to spread some neighbourliness.

Melissa Bliss Rich said...

That looks like so much fun...and what a spread of delicious food! I can understand your sadness at your kids not wanting to participate. Those lanterns are truly beautiful though! I bet they'll come back around when they are a bit older ;)

aureliaeugenia said...

You look fantastic and the boys too!You see,we maybe forgot how we used to act in the same situation!The boys are now feeling they are grown up persons and is like it's a "shame" to be -at this "age"-with the parents!They love to be on their own and cannot enjoy what we like! We look at them as they still are our sweet kids and never want to admit they are changing and have different style of acting,having a good time only among the ones of their age!Yes,that's what I can feel about my daughter sometimes.I am terrified I will louse her one day! One said children are ours only when we carry them inside us,and then, they are free spirit we cannot control or change after our wills!
The photos are gorgeous and I love to look at them !
hugs,

alissa apel said...

I've never had a moon cake. I want one!

Kathy Shea Mormino said...

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Kathy
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