Did you know that the Mid Autumn Festival falls on 14th September this year? The Mid-Autumn Festival, sometimes called Moon Cake Day is a festival that is celebrated throughout Asia and occurs when there is a full moon.
This year, the Overseas Chinese Association of Bristol has organised their Mid-Autumn Festival Banquet at Water Sky Chinese Restaurant on Sunday 14th September 2008. The banquet will feature traditional Chinese dishes and for entertainment, there will be performances from Hong Kong singers, a traditional Chinese unicorn dance and a lucky draw, with proceeds going to the Overseas Chinese Association (Registered Charity No.: 1068751).
|Venue:||Water Sky Bristol, Chinese Restaurant|
Eastgate Oriental City, Eastgate Road, BS5 6XY
|£35 per person|
£25 per person for members of Elderly People’s Club
£30 per person for members of OCA
If you are unable to make this auspicious event, why not celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival with your family and friends? Here are some ideas for you to try at home:
- Eat some traditional mooncake. This is a pastry containing a sweet lotus seed filling and is usually eaten during the Mid-Autumn Festival. The cakes are made in a mould, and often bear Chinese characters for ‘Longevity’ or ‘Harmony’. Somehow this sweet dish tastes even more delicious when sat outside admiring the full mid-autumn moon!
- Children can carry around brightly lit lanterns, although if using candles, please take extra care.
- Burn incense and other joss products to various deities and ancestors. This is a time of year when families come together and is a great opportunity to remember those departed.
- Enjoying the company of family, and thinking of relatives and friends far from home.
- Eating pomelos (a large, thick-skinned grapefruit) and wearing the fruit skins on your head like a hat!