9/27/2016 Visit To Celebrate The Autumn Moon
We were pleasantly surprised by the temperature as it was in the 90's in Seal Beach. It was a pleasant 87 when we arrived. The sun was setting and we had expectations of a great evening.
Did You Know? - The Mid-Autumn Festival (traditional Chinese: ???; simplified Chinese: ???; Vietnamese: t?t Trung Thu) is a harvest festival celebrated by ethnic Chinese and Vietnamese people.
The festival is held on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar with full moon at night, corresponding to late September to early October of the Gregorian calendar with full moon at night.
Mainland China listed the festival as an "intangible cultural heritage" in 2006 and a public holiday in 2008.
It is also a public holiday in Taiwan, and in Hong Kong. In the Vietnamese culture, it is considered the second-most important holiday tradition after Tet.
The sun was setting
There were lanterns everywhere!
The food tables were located around the entrance to what was once a carriage house
Sue waited as Paul hit the food trail on the look for something vegetarian
Each of the many food tables had flower arrangements
Did You Know? - The festival celebrates three fundamental concepts which are closely tied to one another:
Gathering, such as family and friends coming together, or harvesting crops for the festival. It's said the moon is the brightest and roundest on this day which means family reunion.
Thanksgiving, to give thanks for the harvest, or for harmonious unions
Praying (asking for conceptual or material satisfaction), such as for babies, a spouse, beauty, longevity, or for a good future
We walked into the Chinese garden after filling up on food and free drinks!
The lighting made the lake area magical
It was hard to tell what was real and that was a reflection
We walked around the entire lake
It was quite peaceful even when loaded with people
We stopped for another drink and some additional appetizers
The walk was beautiful
We called it "The Balloon Moon"
Sue chatted with a lady from Thailand while
Paul and her husband exchanged stories
Under the waterfall we go
We posed at the blue waterfall
The lighting was a challenge
Walking through the garden had to include the patios
Music was everywhere!
One last look at the open air theater
The lanterns we hung high in the trees
The Panda's waved us bye bye and wished us a safe trip home
Walking back to the front gate
It was a beautiful ride home