It is Mid-Autumn Festival today, so I wish you a Happy Mid-Autumn Festival. Mid-Autumn Festival is celebrated by the Chinese where you will see mooncakes and lanterns everywhere. They will use mooncake for prayers and some common items for prayers include pomelos, groundnuts and round purple sweet potatoes.
For the first time this year, my family is not praying at night to the Moon Goddess. Usually they will pray in the morning to the deities we have at home and then at night, they will pray again to the moon. It is believed that there is a Moon Goddess at the moon. Early this morning, it was raining heavily in Penang around 8am and I haven’t gone to sleep yet. I went to have a look at my parents’ side and found my Mummy frying fish in the kitchen which will be served for the prayers. My Dad happened to come home after that from the market where he bought roasted pork and chicken for the prayers. After that, they began their prayers. The prayers included some mooncakes. It’s nice to see this and this scene will go down my memory lane. I don’t know how long more I can see this.
Truth is, everyone grows old and at this age, you just don’t know when people will just pass away. I wouldn’t know if I will be here the next year also, because sometimes life is fragile or accidents happen or maybe people get sick. Such is life, we just go on living our life positively, hoping nothing bad happens to us or sometimes we ponder upon life and think about things in different ways.
Anyway, this year my Mummy made steamed yam with roasted pork, which is a dish she usually makes for Chinese New Year. She also bought new clothes to wear. She said when she was younger, she didn’t have time to dress up and look good because she was busy taking care of us children. Now that we have grown up, she has some time to look good already. Glad to hear that she’s enjoying her life. 🙂
Last year was also the first year I learnt to sing a Chinese song. The first Chinese song ever in my life. Although I’m Chinese, I’m what they call a ‘banana’ – yellow on the outside, white on the inside. I can speak Cantonese and Hokkien and a little of Mandarin but I can’t write in Chinese. My first song in Chinese that I could sing was Teresa Teng’s “Moon Represents My Heart”. After that I learnt a few more Chinese songs but need the pinyin translation to read as I sing. Well, there’s many firsts in everyone’s life.
Here’s a video from Myle Enterprise for Mid-Autumn Festival greetings : https://youtu.be/7Eaeq99A3cY
I hope you had a good Mid-Autumn celebration.