The Mid-Autumn Moon Festival falls on the full moon of the eighth month of the Chinese lunar calendar (October 4 in 2017).
I’ve always loved this holiday that marks the beginning of the dark half of the year, the half that is correlated with the yin or feminine element. In some parts of China, it was celebrated only by women, who gathered in a courtyard and created an altar with a statue of the Jade Rabbit, who lives at the center of the moon. They drank tea and dined on moon cakes and fruits that symbolize fertility, like pomegranates, grapes, apples, melons, and peaches. I like to serve honeydew melon and lemon-balm tea (since lemon balm is an herb of the moon). Continue reading
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Have you ever used the phrase “once in a blue moon”? Ever wondered how that phrase came to refer to a rare event? Traditionally, a blue moon occurs when there are four full moons within any given season, instead of the more typical three full moons. When this happens—approximately once every two to three years—the third of the four full moons is referred to as a blue moon. Continue reading
My favorite holiday I’ve never celebrated is Holi, which is celebrated in India on the full moon of Phalguna (March 6 in 2015). It’s a spring festival during which people splash each other with colored, scented water or throw colored dyes at each other. It’s a rowdy time when the genders can mingle, and so can people of different social classes. A popular Holi drink is milk, flavored with spices, and also sometimes infused with hashish. Continue reading