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Mid Autumn Festival

The Mid Autumn Festival also known as the Moon Festival is a popular East Asian celebration of abundance and togetherness, dating back 3,000 years to China’s Zhou Dynasty. In Malaysia and Singapore, it is also sometimes referred to as the Lantern Festival or “Mooncake Festival”, which is just the same as “Mid-Autumn Festival” but with different names.

The Mid-Autumn Festival falls on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month of the Chinese calendar (usually around mid- or late-September in the Gregorian calendar), a date that parallels the Autumn Equinox of the solar calendar. This is the ideal time, when the moon is at its fullest and brightest, to celebrate the abundance of the summer’s harvest.

I celebrated this festival at my girlfriend’s house with a few of her family members and friends. You can see the different kinds of paper lanterns waiting to be lit.

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My girlfriend’s brother sorting the lanterns, some of it are already too old and missing the wicks.

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Her younger sister and brother’s girlfriend also came to assist or rather just to ‘kepo-kepo’ around.

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While they were busy setting up the lanterns, a few of them were arranging the tables in preparation for the guests that would be coming later.

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The following are the food that were specially ordered and cooked for the festival. First we have the fried meehoon.

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Then we have the mini popiahs …

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Satay or sate (bought from Glutton Square) …

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Ling Kok or Horned Water Chestnut …

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Or Kia or Mini Yams …

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Hay Chee or Prawn Fritters …

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Otak-Otak (bought from Glutton Square) …

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Vegetable Curry …

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Chicken Curry …

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some fruits as dessert …

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and last but not least, not forgetting the main food, MOONCAKES!! (I personally like the pig shaped mooncake).

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After the lanterns were lit, they hung them around the fence to brighten the evening and to create the festival air to it.

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And when we got bored of eating, chatting and lighting lanterns, we decided to relive the lantern walk that we used to do during our childhood days. You can imagine the support as well as the curious stares we got when we ‘patrolled’ the whole of Batu Pahat Garden while carrying lanterns.

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The slow but steady walk along the streets.

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