Happy Mid-Autumn Festival, everyone! :)

And here it is, one of my favourite Chinese festivals: a time when we can all sit back and eat a mooncake or two, or comment on how round the moon is. If we can see it, that is. Which I can’t.

Perhaps it’s because I’m getting old, but when it comes to yearly festivals, I like to think back and dwell on how it’s changed: what became better as the years passed, and what good things went sour.

This year, the first issue that came up was obviously the moon. But to a don’t-care kid like me, so what if the moon can’t be seen? Yes, I know that’s what the Mid-Autumn festival is for, but isn’t the moon just symbolic for unity? And if we have unity, why would we complain about not being able to appreciate something that only symbolizes unity?

Modern Japanese mooncakes! Image from sparklette.net.

Ironically, the atmospheric change I did notice related to mooncakes. Usually, my relatives would always laugh over the mountains of mooncakes the companies they worked at received, and wonder if the companies even wanted them. But this year, they talked of few or no mooncakes: financial issues were hitting hard, they said, and the heaps of free mooncakes had to wait till next year.

Never mind. I can always do with losing some weight. 😛

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Author: Jessica Y

Economics student at the University of Cambridge. Aspiring data scientist.

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