Category Archives: Celebrations

Chongyang Festival Oct 17

The 9th day of the 9th lunar month is the traditional Chongyang Festival, or Double Ninth Festival. It usually falls in October in the Gregorian calendar. In an ancient and mysterious book Yi Jing, or The Book of Changes, number … Continue reading

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Modern Halloween – Good or Bad?

When I was a  kid trick out treat was popular. I mostly liked it for  the costumes because I was picky about candy. Back then most costumes were homemade and only accessories like princess crowns were purchased and making the … Continue reading

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Pumpkins Everywhere! What to Do?

The pumpkins are showing up in all the garden centers in spite of many farmers locally telling me it was not a great year. My own vines resembled the Little Shop of Horrors plant, invading the neighbor’s yard spreading out … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – Mid Autumn Festival Mon 24th

As one of the most important traditional Chinese festivals, Mid-Autumn Festival, falls on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month, Sept 27 this year. This day is also considered as a harvest festival since fruits, vegetables and grain are harvested by this time. … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – Zhongyuan Festival

I love festivals of all kinds, but especially ones connected with either food or folklore. This Saturday is the Zhongyuan Festival, also known as Ullambana Festival among Buddhists, falls on the fifteenth day of the seventh lunar month of the … Continue reading

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Friday Files – A Bag of Bones and Other Joys

When I went to the Farmer’s Market last Saturday I was disappointed Farmer Frank had still not gotten his order in. However, the other farm had some products she thought I might like, so I got some super hot New … Continue reading

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Autumn Commences lì qiū 立秋 Aug 07

Lìqiū 立秋, or Risshū in Japanese, Ipchu in Korean, or Lập thu in Vietnamese is  the 13th solar term of the year. It begins when the Sun reaches the celestial longitude of 135° and ends when it reaches the longitude of 150°. In terms of the … Continue reading

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