Saturday, October 3, 2015

Moon Festival Time!

Courtesy of Pasu Au Yeung
The Moon Festival, or the Mid-Autumn Festival, is one of the most important holidays in Chinese culture.  It is held on the fifteenth day of the eighth lunar month, which this year happened on September 27th, a Sunday. It is the time in the year when the moon appears at its fullest size. We didn't get to see the "blood moon" in our area - but it was full and beautiful none-the-less.

Monday, the 28th, was a public holiday and we had the day off from the office. Our branch enjoyed the day at beautiful Gold Coast Beach. The branch members really know how to throw a party!

Grilled chicken, pork chops, corn, sweet potatoes, and eggplant were cooked up in huge quantities.

Once the eggplant is grilled and soft, the peel was removed. Japanese eggplant is yummy!

Maribel reminds us that Casaba melons are the best!
Elder Coffey with some quality one-on-one time with a branch member.
Nearly everyone wore their "Meet the Mormons" t shirt!

Elder Coffey provides a defense zone for attacking water fighters.
After eating, the games began!

Sister Chan demonstrates how it is done right!

Not everyone was happy though!

That night Elder Coffey and I explored Victoria Park to see some of the lanterns, which are a popular part of the celebration. 

Strange, but it is our last Mid-Autumn Festival in Hong Kong..... time is ticking on our mission....

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