Sunday, September 24, 2006
Images of the San Francisco Moon Festival 2006
It was a beautiful day for a parade. Add in some Chinese musicians, Lion dancers, rhythmic drumming, dim sum and mindfullness -- and the day upgrades to near perfection.
Birthday weekends can be a little bittersweet when you're in the LID-waiting-room. Holidays, back-to-school, birthdays, Fall TV Seasons - all serve as pesky reminders that although time may stand still in one's heart it continues to march on every place else.
The Autumn Moon Festival couldn't have come at a better time.
Hanging out in Chinatown made me feel a little closer to the country that has become so special to me. Made me love it a little more. Made me want to embrace it a little more.
Walking through the hustle and bustle of the very crowded festival also made jzboy and I wonder about our future trip to China. It inspired so many questions. For example: Will the alley's in China be this stinky or will they be worse? Will I be able to handle the jostling crowds with a baby strapped to me - or will that just push me over the edge? Will we get sick? Will we get along? Will we remember a souvenir for everyone?
We escaped the crowds for a bit and grabbed a bag of dim sum, a drink & some time to reflect. During my recent research, I've learned that the Moon Festival holds cultural and historical importance related to the Autumn harvest. Similar to Thanksgiving, families celebrating the Moon Festival organize reunions and honor those that have passed away or that live far away. The belief is that we all share the same moon.
I love that image of all of us, every one of we humans, sharing the same moon. In spite of our differences, distances, colors and beliefs we have this in common. I have been looking at that moon and wondering about our future daughter. Has she been conceived? Where is her birth mother? Where is her birth father? What do they think when they look at the moon during this season? Will our daughter be born during the Year of the Dog? Is she living under the same moon that we are looking at tonight? So many questions tangling up my thoughts.
It is that birthday season time, and soon will come the holidays. I'm sure that I'll find my way back to Chinatown for another shot in the arm in the near future. It definitely was therapeutic this weekend.
I leave you with images of mooncakes-a-plenty: