Being a Chinese brought up in Malaysia, I would always look forward to Mooncake festival/Lantern festival because I usually get to gather with my family and friends to light lanterns, carry them around, and eat mooncake! It's been awhile since I have actually celebrated(actually have not been for the past 5 years!) Hence, when I found out that I will be in Malaysia this time around, I was stoked! You might be thinking...but you mean you are still excited to light lanterns after all these years??!!?? and my answer is YEESSS! I appreciate this festival much more since I went to the States..I actually like the hype of all the pretty mooncakes around(even Haagen Daaz sold ice cream mooncakes)! Alot of youngsters would find it a drag to go to their grandparent's house to have dinner or celebrate with family, as many would much rather prefer hanging out with friends(I was once like that), we grumble and moan.....but I guess this is not just a festival to celebrate the "moon" but to gather with your family:) That's how I see it anyway....
Candles and lanterns we were suppose to finish lighting
In the proccess of lighting with my uncle's help
Mom being lazy just "held" one:p
Slowly hanging them up one by one:) That's sort of the fun part when you have to find branches to hang your lanterns on..and most of the time...mine always burnt down because I placed the candles wrongly:(
The masterpiece! Isn't it pretty:) And..given that my grandparents are directly from China, they pray to the Gods by facing the moon once in the morning and at night... I never thought of how important Chinese traditions were untill my auntie brought up the fact that no one in Singapore or Malaysia does that anymore...hhmm........ me being sentimental, I think I really want to keep the tradition alive..now I just need to find out how to do it!! lol!!
The best part!! Supper!Besides the usual yam, mooncakes and pomelo, my aunt's usually buy delicious sweet and sour crabs with fried "man tao"(something like dinner rolls but wayyy better!)... trust me, you can eat it for years and never get bored of it!
All my aunt's and uncle's present( I was the only "young" one there) aiks!
But to be honest with you, the MAIN reason I wanted to spend Mooncake festival with my family was for MY GRANDPA! You should have seen the smile on his face when all of us were decorating the garden with lanterns and candles. Even when I had to re-light the candles and lanterns countless times...it's all worth it to see that smile on his face.... I Love you yeye!
Hope all of you had a great Mooncake festival!