Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Worldly Wednesday: A Taste of the Moon

Recently, our family got our first "taste of the moon."  That is to say we had our own mini Moon Festival celebration. 

The Moon Festival (also called Mooncake Festival or Mid-Autumn Festival) is a Chinese tradition - and since my daughter's best friend recently returned from China, and our family's newest member (exchange student) is from China, I made it an after school activity for the kids about two weeks ago.

What did we do?

Well, we tasted mooncakes.  (Luckily, said friend brought back more than a dozen from China). 
Luckily our host son can read all of the ingredients: so we knew which ones were which. :)

Although I was impressed with the diversity of flavors, the kids really didn't care for the exotic choices of mooncakes (pepper and peanuts?).  The fig mooncake was rated "acceptable," but unfortunately they weren't a huge hit overall.  I'm proud my children tried something new, anyway.

After mooncakes, we read the story Round is a Mooncake by Grace Lin.  Fortunately, the book was a big hit!

Lastly, we looked at the full moon through the clouds.  Another hit!

So, did you celebrate the Moon Festival?  Have you ever heard of it?  Post your comments below!

Want to know the story behind the Moon Festival? 

You can read more at publisher and author Claudine Gueh's website, Carry Us Off Books.


KatieC said...

It sounds like you have a lot of fun at your house! Never heard of this book, but maybe we'll check it out!

Claudine Gueh said...

Hi Miranda,

I didn't realize you'd mentioned us on your lovely blog ~ thank you! I don't know how the packaged mooncakes tasted, but if you do get a chance to visit China, Taiwan, HongKong or Singapore, please please please try the freshly baked traditional mooncakes! (I've never tried pepper and peanut mooncakes. How were they?) The traditional ones are made with sweet lotus paste and melon seeds and salted egg yolks.

But the main thing about this festival is Family Reunion. I think it's wonderful you got together with a new family member this year!

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