It's Mid Autumn Festival .
The 15th day of the lunar 8th month.
Also known as Lantern Festival or Mooncake Festival.
Display of some floating lanterns at Clark Quay by the river.
The Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the two most important holidays in the Chinese calendar (the other being the Chinese Lunar New Year), and is a legal holiday in several countries. Farmers celebrate the end of the summer harvesting season on this date. Traditionally, on this day, Chinese family members and friends will gather to admire the bright mid-autumn harvest moon, and eat moon cakes and pomeloes together. Accompanying the celebration, there are additional cultural or regional customs, such as:
- Eating moon cakes outside under the moon
- Putting pomelo rinds on one's head
- Carrying brightly lit lanterns, lighting lanterns on towers, floating sky lanterns
- Burning incense in reverence to deities including Chang'e(simplified Chinese: 嫦娥; traditional Chinese: 嫦娥; pinyin: cháng'é)
- Planting Mid-Autumn trees
- Collecting dandelion leaves and distributing them evenly among family members
- Fire Dragon Dances
at Clark Quay, Singapore.
I've learned, taking pictures at over-crowded places puts me and my camera at risk!
One of the experience suffered was a man knocking hard onto the edge of my camera.
For a split second I was "stunned", with my jaws almost touching my ground.
Lesson learned, be EXTREMELY careful with the hands firmly on the camera at all time!!
Today's also the lunar birthday of our youngest family member's birthday.
My niece turns 1.
In conjunction with the Mid-Autumn festival,
we all celebrated over at my MIL's house.
1st year milestone in her life, made me realise the past year simply flew by me.