Happy Moon Festival. This evening is the Mid-Autumn Festival in China. This important holiday is also called the Lantern Festival. We ate mooncakes. We got together with friends, ate, and watched the brilliant, full harvest moon.
Here are some of my kids with their lanterns (not lit--I'm not brave enough to use candles inside fabric lanterns) and masks which they received at a spectacular event ("Mid-Autumn Festival Reception of Chinese Traditional Operas" organized by the government of Guangdong Province) we attended a few nights ago.
This is as close as I'll come to posting photos of my family online. I have no idea why they received masks in their gift bags, because I don't think it is part of the celebration. But perhaps it is.
Step outside tonight and look at your moon. I hope your autumn moon is as bright as ours.
Sarah has an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is a writer and photographer whose blog explores writing craft, stories and the cultures (and places) she lives.
She has lived in Brazil, Finland, Iceland, China, Germany, Nigeria, Egypt and many places in the United States. Her website is at http://www.sarahblakejohnson.com/