Mrlegoninja, on 11 September 2011 - 06:37 PM, said:
That is awesome. I really like the brick-built fruits.
Btw, what is a Mid Autumn Festival?
Thanks for your appreciated!
The following is some information about Mid-Autumn Festival (information quoted from http://www.chinaculture.org:
The Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the most important festivities in China, According to Chinese lunar calendar, the 15th day of the 8th month is the exact midst of autumn, so it's called the Mid-Autumn Festival. The Mid-Autumn Festival is an evening celebration when families gather together to light lanterns, eat moon cakes and appreciate the round moon. On that night, the moon appears to be at its roundest and brightest. The full moon is a symbol for family reunion, which is why that day is also known as the Festival of Reunion.
The Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations date back to more than 2,000 years ago. In feudal times, Chinese emperors prayed to Heaven for a prosperous year. They chose the morning of the 15th day of the second lunar month to worship the sun and the night of the 15th day of the eighth lunar month to hold a ceremony in praise of the moon. In the western district of Beijing is the Yuetan Park, which originally was the Temple of Moon, and every year the emperor would go there to offer a sacrifice to the moon.
This ancient custom became prevalent in the Tang Dynasty (618-907) that people enjoyed and worshipped the full moon. In the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279), however, people sent round moon cakes to their relatives as gifts in exp
ression of their best wishes of family reunion. When it turned dark, they gazed up at the full silver moon or went sightseeing by lakes, to celebrate the festival.
Since the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing dynasties (1644-1911), the custom of Mid-Autumn Festival celebration has become unprecedentedly popular. Together with the celebration appeared some special customs in different parts of the country, such as burning incense, planting Mid-Autumn trees, lighting lanterns on towers and fire dragon dances, etc. Whenever the festival sets in, people would look up at the full silver moon, drinking wine to celebrate their happy life, or thinking of their relatives and friends far from home and extending all of their best wishes to them.
In mid-autumn, farmers have just finished gathering their crops and bringing in fruits from the orchards. They are overwhelmed with joy when they have a bumper harvest and at the same time, they feel quite relaxed after a year of hard work. So the 15th day of the eighth lunar month (the Mid-Autumn Festival) has gradually evolved as a widely celebrated festival for ordinary people.
Night falls. The land is bathed in silver moonlight. Families set up tables in their courtyards or sit together on their balconies, chatting and sharing offerings to the moon. Together, they enjoy the enchanting spell of night. Naturally, they are reminded of beautiful legends about the moon.
KielDaMan, on 12 September 2011 - 04:51 AM, said:
Another very well done creation SF! The bunny and fruits are cute and I love the internal filling detail of the mini-cake.
Hello, the mini cake is Moon Cake!
Typical mooncakes are round or rectangular pastries. A thick filling usually made from lotus seed paste is surrounded by a relatively thin crust and may contain yolks from salted duck eggs. And you could see there's a yolk inside my moon cake! Enjoy!
Rufus, on 11 September 2011 - 09:07 PM, said:
Great still life! I love the autumn colours
Well, I guess it's like a Harvest Festival. Back in the day, people in temperate areas celebrated the changing of the seasons - the Summer and Winter Solstices, the Spring and Autumnal Equinoxes. Winter has been subsumed into Christmas (hence the feasting and the evergreen tree), and Easter took over from Spring (hence the eggs and the bunnies).
Not sure what a bunny is doing in the autumn scene, but it looks great, so hey
The bunny is a illuminated lantern. When I was a child, I'll take this traditional lantern to cerebrate the festival with my family.