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||Festival of the Moon
of the Moon
received an email from China regarding a necklace that I had
ordered from eBay. "So, sorry," said the email from
Chang. "Cannot ship item for one week. It is National
Holiday in China and postal service is closed."
"That is okay," I replied, "I will be out of town
for a couple weeks anyhow. "Honey and I had been planning
to go on trip to New England with my sister and her husband. If
Chang sent the package certified mail, I probably wouldn't be
here to sign for it anyhow.
When you go on a trip with my sister, all you have to do is make
the plane reservations and have a place to stay. She knows
everything there is to see, has maps and guides, and plans an
itinerary. She had also sent me an email saying, "Now that
my party is over with, I can concentrate on getting ready for
She puts a lot of effort into organizing. Her party theme was
"A Night to Remember." Refreshments included
star-shaped cookies, and MoonPies. She recorded background music
about the night, the stars and the moon, like "Mr.
Sandman," and "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star"
Guests were asked to wear pajamas.
But getting back to Chan and the Chinese holiday, "What
holiday could it be?" I wondered. As it turned out, I
didn't have to worry for long. I didn't even have to look it up.
The stars must have been in alignment because in another amazing
coincidence, my friend and fellow writer, *Man Martin, wrote a
column about the holiday.
It is an ancient Chinese tradition called Festival of the Moon.
The Chinese celebrate it by setting outside, looking at the moon
and eating a special cake called "moon cake" that is
very expensive and made especially for this occasion.
There is a Chinese legend to explain their odd behavior. Once
upon a time long, long ago, a Chinese man saved the world from
an attack by firebirds, and a rabbit popped out of a hat and
gave him a pill for immortality as a reward.
Being a man, he put off taking the pill, just like he had been
putting off doing all the other items on his honey-do list. So
his wife gave up and decided she would swallow the pill for him.
When he found the pill gone, he became very angry with his wife
and said, "To the moon, Alice" or something similar in
Chinese. So, Alice flew to the moon where it was rumored there
was a rabbit with a pill to replace the one she ate.
Unfortunately, rabbits on the moon had only jelly beans.
I hope my readers will forgive me for elaborating the facts of
the legend, but what columnist knows how to explain firebirds
that are not made by Pontiac and drug-dealing rabbits?
I don't suppose the Chinese wear their pajamas to the moon
festival, like my sister did at her party, but it might add to
the festivity. I have heard that beautiful silk pajamas are
found in China.
I have noticed that the moon is full and bright orange as it
often is the fall. I do not drink hot tea, but like my tea with
ice, lemon and a lot of sugar. I hope iced tea will be okay if I
decide to celebrate the Festival of the Moon.
I do not have a recipe for the special moon cake that I am
supposed to make. We do have an abundance of MoonPies in the
South. Do you suppose it would be okay to use them instead?
If you see me outside in my pajamas drinking sweet tea and
eating a MoonPie, please do not think the drug-dealing rabbit is
passing out pills. It will either be one of my sister's parties,
or else I will be celebrating a belated Festival of the Moon.
Copyright 2012 Sheila Moss
Nashville, TN 37219
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