Today is the Moon cake Festival, a major festival for the Chinese Malaysians, as well as other Chinese in different parts of the world.
I am sure you all know about the story of how the Mongols were overthrown using an embedded message in moon cakes. That must have been a myth but since it has been told millions of times, it has become the story about the festival..
Moon cake festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th Moon of the Lunar Calender. On the 15th day of every month in lunar calendar, the moon is at its roundest and brightest. Roundness and brightness are associated with good fortune, perfection, union and so on, and that is why the festival has come to signify family union and happiness.
Wah Lai Toi (Astro channel 311) is currently showing a TVB serial “Ka Hou Yuet Yun”, meaning literally ” family good and moon round”, and that about captures the spirits of the moon cake festival, where everything is supposed to be smooth and round and signifies a good ending to all.
Above all, this is not a religious festival but rather a cultural one.
With this, I wish all of you, people of all faiths and colours, a very happy and satisfying, uplifting and perfect Moon cake festival and hope the next one year will remain so for all of you….
While we are talking about moon, perhaps I should post a photo from a reader (thanks monk) sent to me via email on the beauty of nature.
This photo shows the sunset in North Pole, taken in May summer.
The crescent shape moon is above the Sun: