Today is the Mid-Autumn Festival. It is celebrated on the full moon of the eigth lunar month. There are a lot of myths and stories about today including the eating of “mooncakes”. The story goes that Chinese revolutionaries planned to revolt against the government on the fifteenth of the eighth month. This message was passed around hidden in mooncakes amongst the people who subsequently rose up and overthrew the oppressive tyrant.
If you get a chance to eat a traditional mooncake… don’t eat it. Mooncake. Sounds good doesn’t it. Sounds like a nice piece of cake. Well, the moon part of it is a preserved, salted, duck egg. Imagine leaving an egg out on your counter for a couple of months… hard-boiling it… throwing some salt on it… and sticking it in the middle of a piece of cake.
Anyway, people go to the beach and the park in Hong Kong and light lanterns and have picnic. We went downstairs to the beach with Grace along with her lanterns. She had a Butterfly lantern and an Imperial Rabbit lantern. Check out the link below to see our photo album from our Mid-Autumn Festival weekend.