Happy Mid-Autumn Festival/中秋節快樂! (and Friday the 13th)

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Red bean mooncake (yum!).

Hello folks,

Not only is today the superstitious Friday the 13th, but also the Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋節) in East Asia. Under the Lunar calendar, it falls on the 15th day of the 8th month, so the date varies year-to-year on the Gregorian calendar.

The festival is famous for its mooncakes, which are rich, densely-sweet pastries that I absolutely love. Some are shaped round like the moon, and some even contain a whole egg yolk inside, as means of representing a full moon. It’s all about the moon during the Mid-Autumn Festival, as it’s said to be the brightest and fullest at this time of year.

I’d spent the past two years overseas working in France, which meant that I wasn’t around to properly celebrate the festival with my family. However, I’m back this time (and it appears for good), and I’m glad to be home to partake in the festivities, as well as gorge myself on mooncakes– seriously, I love them so much. ❤

As for what I plan to do this Mid-Autumn Festival, it’s part-celebrating at home with family, and part-going out with friends to a local night market in our town to hang out. While the night market isn’t necessarily about the Mid-Autumn Festival itself, it’s a great way to catch up with my friends (whom I haven’t seen in over a month), eat good food, and perhaps see the full moon in all of its beautiful entirety. Especially when things are uncertain in life these days, having these small moments of pleasure helps me realize the good in everything and everywhere in this world.

Wishing you a fun time today! 🙂

 

— The Finicky Cynic

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