Last night, Nate and I rode our bikes up to Vanguard and got more Snickers, M&M’s and more OFF! The mosquito issue here is fierce. All evening while Chuck was at school teaching his evening class of English Learners, we have been hearing fireworks as our neighbors get ready for one of China’s biggest National Holiday’s Mid-Autumn Festival. As best as I can tell it is part harvest celebration and pride in one’s country. For days now the Chinese Flag has been flying at stores and people have been in public places selling the flags too. I am eager to see what happens I’m sure there will be fireworks and I asked my classes if there might be a dancing dragon or two and they said that they think that will happen. School is stopped for the entire week and I want to see just what happens, does the whole city shut down for the celebration; will we be seeing military parades on the streets of town? It is all very exciting. For Nate he will also be taking the week off from school. A lot of the other English Teachers have not said what they will be doing, but David is planning on taking a little hiking trip. There are all kinds of beautiful stories about how the “Moon Festival” began and many of these are centered around, Chang’e a character from Chinese mythology. There are two places that I found information on the Mid-Autumn or Moon Festival and they are Wikipedia.com and here www.chinavoc.com/festivals/Midautumn.htm
I urge you to read them. The stories are very beautiful and very lovely.
I enjoyed reading and learning more of the culture of this land and I
hope that you will enjoy reading them too!