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Moon Cake Festival in Tawau 2006
Moon Festival in Tawau
"When the moon in full, mankind is one"
A famous Chinese saying that explains why families gather during the full moon.
Mid-Autumn Festival (Moon Festival) is one of the most charming and celebrated events in the Chinese calendar
The Moon Festival
The Chinese Moon Festival is on the 15th of the 8th lunar month. Also known as the Mid-autumn Festival. Chinese culture is deeply imbedded in traditional festivals. Just like Christmas and Thanksgiving in the West, the Moon Festival is one of the most important traditional events for the Chinese in Malaysia.
The Moon Festival is full of legendary stories. Legend says that Chang Er flew to the moon, where she has lived ever since. You might see her dancing on the moon during the Moon Festival. The Moon Festival is also an occasion for family reunions. When the full moon rises, families get together to watch the full moon, eat moon cakes, and sing moon poems. With the full moon, the legend, the family and the poems, you can't help thinking that this is really a perfect world. That is why the Chinese are so fond of the Moon Festival.
The Moon Festival is also a romantic one. A perfect night for the festival is if it is a quiet night without a silk of cloud and with a little mild breeze from the sea. Lovers spend such a romantic night together tasting the delicious moon cake with some wine while watching the full moon. Even for a couple who can't be together, they can still enjoy the night by watching the moon at the same time so it seems that they are together at that hour. A great number of poetry has been devoted to this romantic festival. Hope the Moon Festival will bring you happiness.
The moon cake is the food for the Moon Festival. The Chinese eat moon cakes at night with the full moon in the sky.
The fifteenth day of the eighth lunar month marks the Chinese Mid-autumn Festival, a time for family reunion. During the Moon-cake Festival, many kinds of folk activities will also be held, including contest at design of lanterns, cultural shows, folk singing and dancing performances, and drawing contests.