The Mid-Autumn Festival was on Wednesday and the celebrations continue through today (Friday). This is a traditional Chinese Holiday (and some other Asian countries) where family, food, and gifts are the center of the celebrations. It is also called the Mooncake Festival because the most popular and traditional gift to give are mooncakes (kind of like fruit cakes for us). A mooncake is hard to explain (nothing like a moon pie). It is a little pastry filled with nuts, fruits, and various fillings. It sounds and looks good, but has a very unique taste. It is definitely something you have to get use too. We had our first ones, since we’ve been here, on Wednesday as we spent time and ate dinner with friends.
On Thursday, we received some gifts from a policeman whom I met at the police station. We have been working on getting our registration for residency and while spending many hours at the station I talked with one of the officers who spoke a little English. He wanted to exchanged phones numbers to meet up in the future so I could practice my Chinese with him and his English with me, so we did. He called me yesterday and came by the house for a couple hours because of the holiday. He brought us several moon pies, a case of milk for Ava and some roasted corn. We had a good time.
Later that evening I thought I would participate in the giving of mooncakes and gave some to those in our neighborhood who we see often. They all had a surprised but happy expression on their face when the received a mooncake from the American.
Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!