Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Mid Autumn Festival - Harvest Moon - An International Festival [中秋 - 丰收月是国际性的]


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The Mid-Autumn Festival or Harvest Moon Festival 
is celebrated by almost everyone in the world. 
The article below discusses the nationals that do. 
The song Shine On Harvest Moon explains it too.

''Since January, February, June and July,
S'no time, ain't no time to stay outdoors and spoon.
So shine on, shine on harvest moon
For me and my gal/guy...''

The moon is usually a romantic symbol of love.

''Do not swear by the moon, for she changes constantly. 
Then your love would also change.'' 
[Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare].
Image from - twinkl.co.uk [Singapore]

 The Chinese celebrate it traditionally by eating moon-cakes and 
praying to the Moon Goddess for prosperity. Like the roundness 
of the moon, it's for completeness and unity in family.

Shine On Harvest Moon [1955] - The 4 Aces
YouTube Video from 'CatsPjamas1'
Thank You.

Have a grand tong chu pia eating spree everyone.
Cheers.

Connect To Other Moon Festival Postings On This Blog
And Listen To Chinese Songs




Neil Young - Harvest Moon [1992]
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Cinema Poster From 'Shine On Harvest Moon'

7 comments:

MICHAEL LEE from SYDNEY AUSTRALIA said...

The moon is the same regardless of East West or North, South.
How you perceive it is up to you.

We will be celebrating mid-autumn festival in mid-spring.
Nonetheless, the moon cake tastes the same.

You have a safe and nice day.

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Thanks Michael.
Yes sir.
Symbolism.
It's more to show connections and a peaceful co-existence.
Same moon.
Your comment is valuable.

WINSTON KOH said...

Good Day.
Moon is bright, moon cake is sweet
May you enjoy a happy and safe
Mid Autumn Festival.

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

THANKS FOR THE MANY GREETINGS AND WISHES ON THIS AUSPICIOUS DAY FOR MOON LOVERS.
IT'S SHINING BRIGHT OUTSIDE MY WINDOW.

WILL TRY TO TRANSFER THE MESSAGES SOON ON THE BLOG.

S. LENG [NIE LECTURER/RETIRED] said...

May your blessings be as complete and full as the Harvest Moon and your life filed with Love and Harmony.

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival.

JT CHEN said...

HAPPY MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL
STAY SAFE, STAY HEALTHY.

LIM KUAN MIN - [EX-SECONDARY SCHOOL PRINCIPAL] said...

Mid Autumn Festival
Yesterday many Chinese celebrated 中秋节.

How did this festival come about? It has something to do with the Moon long, long time ago.
Before Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon in 1969 uttering his famous words,"That is one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind", Chinese in general, believed that an ancient beauty, Chang-Er in the distant past in China, flew and resided there with a big white rabbit under a cinnamon tree (Can anyone tell me why a 'cinnamon' and not a durian or rambutan tree?). To the disappointment of the many Moon fairy believers, Neil Armstrong broke the myth in 1969.

There are many tales about Chang-Er but the version that the Mid Autumn Festival is supposed to have originated from, involved the love of Chang-Er for her husband Houyi, a great archer.

As the story goes, one day, 10 blazing Suns appeared in the sky in China, causing much suffering for the people. Houyi shot down nine of them with his arrows, leaving one Sun in the sky and was rewarded by the royalty with 2 elixirs of longevity for him and Chang-Er. His greedy apprentice, Peng Meng decided to steal the elixirs but was stopped by Chang-Er who hastily swallowed all and found herself flying up to the heavens finally finding residence on the Moon.

Houyi was heartbroken. So on a full moon day in Mid-Autumn he put on a table of Chang-Er's favourite cakes and fruits to have a symbolic reunion with his dearest love. The people followed suit and that's why we have delicious mooncakes of all shapes and flavours to munch and the beautiful decorative lanterns to light up the night.

Mid Autumn Festival night
Moon unusually round and bright.
Silvery mirror in the sky,
loving couples holding tight,
whispering undying love tonite,
vowing to never disunite,
like Chang-Er's mythical flight
leaving Houyi in pain to pine.
A sad love story memorialised
every Mid Autumn Festival nite.
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