Hello SOTGC community,
When was the last time you celebrated a family tradition? How involved were you in the planning process? In my household, we celebrate Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chinese New Year, and Chinese Moon Festival. As I have gotten older, and especially now that my parents have both passed on, I find myself enjoying the process of planning each celebration more and more. It holds a special meaning for me. It allows me to connect with my parents and their teachings, and now being able to pass those traditions onto my children is such a privilege. I feel a strong sense of responsibility and connection. I am finally at a place where I feel that deep connection and appreciation for life. There is so much depth in everything that I do. I love getting older and getting the chance to experience more of what life has to offer.
The Chinese Moon Festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th month of each year according to the Lunar Calendar. This translates to Monday, Sept. 8th, on the Western Calendar this year. My auntie and I are almost done with the preparation process.
On the night of Sept. 8th, my children and I will find an outdoor spot where we can see the moon and place all the traditional foods on a table to honor it.
Below is a list of fun facts and traditional foods for the Chinese Moon Festival, exactly how my parents honored the special occasion.
- Light seven incense sticks to call forth the seven Moon Angels to come down from Heaven and grace our home with their blessings
- Along with the incense sticks, add plates filled with a set of seven fruits of the same kind with several different kinds to invoke sweetness and abundance into our physical experience
- Add a bowl of sesame pudding and grass jelly to invoke a savory and joyful life
- Add a bowl of round noodle soup with lotus root to invoke prosperity and family unity
- Add a Moon cake cut into small pieces with one piece for each family member
- Add seven cups of water, one per Moon Angel
All of the above items are placed on a table. The table is placed in an outdoor area underneath the full moon. Family members gather around the table to enjoy the food together to honor family unity and our connection with Heaven and Earth. Legend has it that the seven Moon Angels would each drink from the seven cups of water. The children of the house would drink from the same water first thing in the morning to help them grow tall, strong, and intelligent. My children are six and ten years old, and they are passionate about carrying on the tradition, especially the water drinking part in the morning. They look forward to it every year. It is so touching to see how much joy something so simple can bring them.
What is your favorite tradition? Which part of the tradition do you enjoy the most? I would love to hear from you.
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