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Traditional Misery    

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#2018-09-26 17:11:30 by Barry1 @Barry1


@JoeM65

 

"Like fruitcake at Christmas here in the States?"

 

At least fruitcake is nice, Joe.  Unlike the standard Chinese mooncake which is very plain and ordinary by comparison!   (puke)

 

 

#2018-09-28 13:34:03 by JohnAbbot @JohnAbbot

@JoeM65

@Barry1

Sorry, but I'm with JoeM65 on this one. Traditional Christmas Cakes are a great example of adhering to traditions even if we don't like them. This is especially true with the store bought versions. 

I have been served homemade "Christmas Cakes" that were excellent, but they were about as similar to a "Traditional" Christmas Cake as the Haagen Daz version of Mooncake is to the Traditional Mooncake. IMHO, of course.

#2018-09-28 23:46:38 by newbeginning @newbeginning

@autumn2066 can you kindly explain the meaning/tradition behind "mid autumn festival"  I know most of here can read about it by researching it but I personally would like to read your view.

xie xie

#2018-09-29 09:11:41 by Barry1 @Barry1


@JohnAbbot

 

I still maintain the nicest cake I've eaten is a tart, lemon flavoured cheese cake.... served chilled from the refrigerator.....  eaten several years ago now! 

 

But yes, a good, home made fruitcake has the potential to be really nice. Maybe even reasonably healthy, if taken in moderation.

 

Some of the commercial Christmas puddings sold in the major supermarkets however, are so sugary, filled with rubbish, I'd feel compelled to throw them straight into the garbage if ever I unhappily stumbled across one!   (puke)

 

 

#2018-09-30 01:36:28 by autumn2066 @autumn2066

Like the other Chinese festivals , the Mid-Autumn Day has its own legends. One story is about a folk conspiracy against the oppression of the government, the public hide their messages and notes inside their home made cakes, so they could get in touch with each other in the name of sharing those cakes. They used those cakes successfully avoiding the government’s watch, and then  started a attack in a full moon night in September.

Another story about the mid-Autumn Day is about a beautiful thief. A wife stole her husband’s amazing energy blue pill, and then became a fairy flying straightly toward the moon. Most of Chinese parents tell their kids that the fairy Chang E, who used-to-be-wife is still living on the moon, very lonely, missing her husband. 

I feel the second story is a bit odd, It seems to me that this wife seemed not that in love with her husband and might want such an escape away from her husband, and it seems to me that she prefers being totally lonely forever than staying with her husband. :D 

And I think this story has proved that Chinese wife might be the first astronaut whom had successfully made the first spacewalk on the moon! :P 

:P For you, @newbeginning

 

 

#2018-09-30 01:57:45 by JohnAbbot @JohnAbbot

@autumn2066 - Aha! Just as I suspected. You are a Conspiracy Theorist thru and thru. You even have your own Conspiracy Theory. While others on here believe that the US faked their moon landing, you and you alone believe that long before that China had already landed there.

You are going to fit right in to Conspiracy Corner. I think you will find many kindred spirits during your time there. Hopefully one of them will be a man worthy of winning your heart.

#2018-09-30 02:54:49 by autumn2066 @autumn2066


@newbeginning

Oh, one more odd detail in the second story shouldn’t be missed : There has been another man whom named Wu Gang  (not the husband)  living on the moon too! And this work is cutting wood everyday since the wood will grow up again every morning! And this fairy wife-used-to-be has a white rabbit as a pet! So doesn’t it mean that this wife hasn’t truly been totally lonely living on the moon???!!! 

I bet 99% Chinese never doubt about the logic in Chinese traditional festival stories————Every Grandma told some stories to her children, and then every mother copies the stories telling her kids in the same traditional way, few Chinese people want to think deeper if there might be something not right nor fair, or something odd making the logic in thie traditional stuff seems crazy and rude ???!!! 

Ok, now this romantic festival story seems have something odd——This wife escaped from her marriage and then has a strong male as her company??.....And her husband was a very famous hero whom had shot down eight suns!! What a story?! What does it mean???  I was shocked by this discovery which just crossing my mind! I bet no another Chinese people would ever view this traditional festival story in this crazy way as I did !!!

IMO, many traditional stuff might be interesting, but might not good for kids. For so many years the second story about Mid-autumn Day had been a romantic love story in Chinese people’s eyes, but now it seems odd and dirty  to me.

Now I confuse. (think)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#2018-09-30 03:08:29 by autumn2066 @autumn2066

Using phone typing, lying in my bed. We are going to have a 7 days holiday this week! Yeah~! (dance) (poolparty)

Time to have some fun in the Conspiracy Corner! :D(y)

I will be back! 

@JohnAbbot

 

#2018-10-01 23:57:42 by newbeginning @newbeginning

@autumn2066, xie xie for your replies, very entertaining explanations in regards to MidAutumn festival. Moon landings huh? exceptional imagination you possess young lady :) 

You have qualities that few women have, brains and beauty.

keeping up with the conspiracy part of your explanation, I wonder why you call yourself Autumn2066? are you by chance the daughter of the Fall?

#2018-10-02 20:26:22 by autumn2066 @autumn2066


@newbeginning

You clever. And autumn is my favour season, it suits my age.

 

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