Happy mid-autumn celebration!中秋节快乐!

The mid-autumn festival is one of the most important celebrations among the Chinese community. It symbolises reunion, just as the moon is especially bright and full on the day, lighting the way for travellers to go home to their loved ones.

As a child, I loved the mid-autumn festival because that’s when I got to play with candles and lanterns with other kids in the neighbourhood. We had little back then, so these items were rare toys that we could only enjoy once a year. Now, it has become one of my sweetest memories.

I also recall how the kids used to gather every night leading up to the mid-autumn festival, lighting candles and lanterns after dinner in anticipation of the full moon.

On the day itself, my mum would set up a big table in the yard. She would serve Chinese tea, mooncakes, chestnuts, pomelo, and other snacks. The adults would gather around the table, chatting away happily over tea, while the kids would be off running and playing with lanterns.

I remember that small, yellow candle box with about a dozen candles in it. I used to treasure each one like they’re worth the world, carefully lighting them, dripping hot wax onto the floor, and quickly sticking the candle in place. Such simple actions, yet they never failed to entertain me.

It was these lighted candles and laughter of my neighbour’s children that I grew up among. After I’ve started working and dating, however, the realities of life seemed to have diluted the importance of the mid-autumn festival. Sending gifts and well wishes have become a chore, a routine that is expected out of sheer courtesy. How many of us remember the meaning behind the festive?

I’ve long passed the age of trying new things for the sake of it. I’ve experienced a lot, and given up a lot in pursuit of my dreams. It wasn’t until one fine afternoon when I heard a song about the moon on radio, that I’m reminded of the mid-autumn festival. Right then and there, I decided to spend time with my friends and family this season, no matter how busy I may be.

If you can’t afford to go home, do call your parents and send them your warm wishes. Treasure the time with your loved ones; who knows, it might be just what you need to feel happy and at peace again, amidst the hectic lives we live.

And that, my friends, is what the festival is all about.

Happy mid-autumn celebration!

 

中秋节是华人最重视的节日之一,有着华人最重视的”团圆“意义。每年的中秋节,月亮总是特别的圆丶特别的亮,好似呼吁这散落在世界各地的游子回家团聚。

犹记得自己还是孩子的时候,特别喜欢中秋节,因为可以跟左邻右舍的小朋友一起玩蜡烛一起点灯笼。在那个物资匮乏的年代,玩蜡烛和提灯笼是我们不可多的游戏之一,也是成年後叫我回味无穷的回忆之一。

还记得以往的每一个中秋节前的一两个礼拜开始,家家户户的小朋友开始相约在晚餐後一起点蜡烛,一起在期待中来到中秋正月。

中秋节当天,妈妈会从饭厅搬来一张桌子放在庭院,泡了一壶铁观音,摆上了各种口味的月饼丶栗子丶菱角丶柚子等食品,大人们搬了板凳围坐在一块儿,与串门子的邻居们一边聊天一边赏月,小孩子则是欢乐的点蜡烛提灯笼。

还记得那小小丶黄色的蜡烛盒子里有着十几支的蜡烛,我总是很珍惜的点着蜡烛,将蜡烛心蕊点燃,再将蜡烛倒转,将蜡烛油滴在地板上,迅速的将蜡烛粘上去,简单的动作总是玩的不亦乐乎……

满地点点闪烁的蜡烛和童年玩伴欢乐的笑声一路伴随着我长大,出了社会,一路忙工作丶谈恋爱,好多的事情让中秋节也渐渐变得不再那麽重要,中秋送礼与道贺,似乎变成人之间的例行公事,中秋节真正的意义,还有多少人记得呢?

过了爱玩尝鲜的年纪,一路拼搏奋斗丶跌跌撞撞来到了这个年纪,在一个难得闲空的午後,电台里悠悠转来“月亮圆月亮圆,月亮照在我的家……”的歌曲,想起中秋节快到了。心里突然萌生一个念头,今年的中秋节无论在忙也要好好过,邀请亲密的家人朋友团聚赏月。

中秋节快到了,若今年你无法与家人团聚,请拨电话给身在家乡的父母,祝贺他们身体健康。把握与家人团聚的机会,一起赏月,让所有的忙碌在中秋这一天回归平和和喜乐。

中秋节的意义,就这么简单。

祝贺各位,中秋节快乐!

 

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如果有什么值得开心的话,那就是平安。如果有什么值得庆幸的话,那就是团圆。提前祝大家中秋节快乐~#midautumnfestival #monspace #monspacemalaysia #msmediaentertainment

Posted by MS Media Entertainment on 2hb Oktober 2017