Lantern Time

11 09 2011

中秋节又来临了! It’s mooncake festival time again and as usual, we would all gather for dinner and let the kids play with lanterns (more like candles only nowadays).

It seems the festival is no longer like what it was meant to be, where children of the surrounding would all gather and go for walkabouts while the adults would gather to taste the mooncakes. Modern-day paranoia has made it such that all the kids celebrate within the confines of their own home only, while mooncakes are bought more for giving and not so much for eating. Seriously, have you seen some of the odd-taste mooncakes being sold? *BWEEAAGGHHHH*

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Mooncake Festival Celebration

13 09 2008

The mooncake festival’s actual day is on Monday 15th Sept but like most people, it tends to be celebrated earlier on a weekend when everyone’s available for a gathering. Thus, the family gathered for dinner as usual today for this cultural celebration where we savour all sorts of ridiculous-flavored mooncakes.

Darrell and Jason vying for each other's attention.

Darrell and Jason clowning around.

My dad checking Jason's dirty hands for food scraps in the nails.

My dad checking Jason's dirty hands.

Miss hula-hoop preparing to show off.

After the dinner, it was time for the kids to play with the candles and lanterns.

"Yeah... I got a yellow lantern."

"Yaayy, I got myself a yellow lantern."

"Yaayy, I got myself a beautiful lantern too."

"Yayy, I have a pinkish lantern that goes with my shoes."

The kids are the happiest lot.

More lanterns being prepared by my dad.

More lanterns being prepared by my dad.

The clown prince hamming it up for the camera.

The clown prince hamming it up for the camera.

Move over, Chang-Er. The smiling moon fairy is here.

Move over, Chang-Er. The smiling moon fairy is here.

The missus gets the son to join the fun.

The missus gets the son to join the fun.

"Gimme the camera, I wanna take pictures too!"

"Gimme the camera, I wanna take pictures too."

"Oh well, gimme the lantern then."

"No? Oh well, gimme the lantern then."

The two girls were actually having mild fever since yesterday, but all that was forgotten temporarily during the happy moments playing and having fun with each other.

Not in the best of health, but still happy.

Not in the best of health, but still happy.

Two's company, third one's a clown in the making.

Two's company, third one's a clown in the making.

It was time for a ‘showdown’ to see who was the Clown Prince of the night.

First, the reigning champion…

Next, the new contender…

And the winner is……… (drumroll, please)………

Rats! I hate losing but I gotta admit, the new kid on the block out-cute me by a mile.

The winner trying to get the last word in. Sudah lah...