Friday, September 16, 2005

Happy Moon Festival!

One of our suppliers sent me this picture this morning with this note:

Dear Jonathan,

It’s our Moon Festival again.

In Chinese tradition, the full moon has always represented the gatherings of friends and family. And this Sunday is the 15th of the 8th lunar month on Chinese calendar; it’s our “Harvest Moon Festival,” also known as “Mid-Autumn Festival.”On this day, the moon is at its fullest and brightest, marking an ideal time to celebrate the abundance of the summer's harvest and togetherness.

Here D------ would like to wish you a “Happy Harvest Moon Festival” may you and your love-ones enjoy the new beging of autumn season.

Normally, we have BBQ. No body knows since when we do BBQ on this festival. It becomes one of the tradition. And me, I’m going back to see my grandparents in another city and enjoy BBQ. J If you have time, pls look at the moon, and you might find it’s more beautiful than usual. It’s also said there’s a girl live on the moon and you might see her.

You know what? I am going to celebrate the harvest with a barbecue as well. In the meantime, you can enjoy this poem by Su Shi [Su DongPo] on the Moon Festival Day:

Will a moon so bright ever arise again?
Drink a cupful of wine and ask of the sky.
I don't know where the palace gate of heaven is,
Or even the year in which tonight slips by.
I want to return riding the whirl-wind! But I
Feel afraid that this heaven of jasper and jade
Lets in the cold, its palaces rear so high.
I shall get up and dance with my own shadow.
From life endured among men how far a cry!

Round the red pavilion
Slanting through the lattices
Onto every wakeful eye,
Moon, why should you bear a grudge, O why
Insist in time of separation so to fill the sky?
Men know joy and sorow, parting and reunion;
The moon lacks lustre, brightly shines; is al, is less.
Perfection was never easily come by.
Though miles apart, could men but live for ever
Dreaming they shared this moonlight endlessly!

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