As you may know, Jon and I are mostly Chinese – Jon has some Filipino blood in him – and so we celebrate some of the Chinese holidays. Being a “third culture” kid, I wouldn’t necessarily say we pick and choose which holidays to celebrate, but any holiday with mooncake is definitely on the list.
Today is the Mid-Autumn Festival, also known (actually) as the Mooncake Festival. If you need more information on this wonderful holiday, you can check out this Wikipedia article, which is where I have also gleaned most of my information 😉
But to sum it up, it’s a day where people celebrate harvest and family and the moon and have lanterns and eat lots of mooncake. You may be impressed to know that in the time it’s taken me to write this blog post, I have consumed an entire mooncake on my own, in fact the one in the picture above. If you’ve never had mooncake, just know it’s incredibly dense stuff.
Historically, apparently people asked for babies and prosperity, although I think these days, with the price of strollers and daycare, the two seem mutually exclusive.
So from our family to yours, I hope you have a great Mid-Autumn Festival, with maybe some mooncake, or otherwise, some ice cream or tea or something tasty.