Today, Chinese across the world celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival. I just got home from a potluck party, so I will let my photos do the talking.
A kind lady gave my children these earlier in the afternoon:
Traditional Piglet Biscuits (豬仔餅). Besides mooncakes, the other 2 things that are commonly eaten during this Festival are these Piglet Biscuits and pomelos.
They come in colourful plastic "baskets", which is why they are also referred to as Piglet Cage Biscuits (猪笼餅). The Chinese characters on the basket say "Mid-Autumn". As a child, I used to keep the baskets and recycle them as "handbags" for my dolls ;)
Aren't they cute? I don't like the taste though. I just like to look at them, and the same can be said of my kids. These biscuits are made using mooncake dough.
Butt shot. Sorry, couldn't resist ;) I think the pig tail is adorable!!
My kids were so amused by them :)
Later in the evening, many of the neighbours gathered at the community hall for a potluck party. It was lanterns galore!
I live in a condominium and although there are many neighbours within the estate, it doesn't mean you get to meet/know everyone of them. Such get-togethers are perfect occasions to make new friends, and ...
... to find new teachers (for cooking)! People were busy looking for food, I was busy asking "who cooked what?" Most ladies pointed me to Aunty M, who "is an excellent cook". I gave her my telephone number and told her to please, please call me the next time she is cooking something special. She laughed, and immediately shared with me 2 recipes verbally. I guess I must have appeared very enthusiastic ;)
After eating, the kids went on their lantern walk. The light drizzle had stopped, and the air was cool and crisp. Lovely night for the kids to run about. My son handled his lantern very carefully. Last year, I could not bring him for the lantern walk as I had just given birth to my youngest.
My neighbours and their lovely lanterns. A slight digression: I noticed that Daddies were toting DSLRs while Mommies were using Point-and-Shoots ;)
My daughter preferred to play with sparklers. I loved playing with them as a child!
And er, that's me with my lantern. Who's to say adults can't have fun too? I did the lantern walk just like I did so many years ago. It's great to re-live my childhood through my children.
Happy Mid-Autumn Festival, everyone!
If you enjoyed reading this post, you may like to read my previous post on mooncakes too.