Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The Moon

Happy Mid-Autumn Moon Festival Everyone!

If you are unaware of the Chinese festivities, it is a holiday that we currently celebrate with family members by gathering together, eating a large meal, and sharing the same folklores with unique (read: silly) twists.

In the past, people traveled far distances to find work throughout China to be able to send money back to their families. Without many opportunities to leave work, Mid-Autumn Moon Festival was one reason for companies to allow time off so that everyone could return home to see loved ones.

After our main course there is often moon cake, taro dipped in sugar, an array of fruits such as grapes, apples, starfruit, grapefruit, etc. We retell the same old stories of how heros saved the world from tyranny and suffering. We enjoy each other's company.

I know it is not often for everyone to want to spend time with nagging parents, emotional teens, uncontrollable youth but some traditions should be savored and cherished. Find something, past and present, and make it important. Make your family spend time together because that laugher can never be replaced.

Moon cake, anyone?

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