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Posted on Wednesday, September 17, 2008

mooncake festival


Last weekend we celebrated the Moon Cake Festival here in Phuket. Not only in Phuket but also in Phang Nga, Krabi and all over Asia where people follow the Chinese lunar calendar.



So it is not one of those "cultural shows" to lure tourist to Thailand, this is a deep rooted feast we never miss.



Just that the Americans spoiled it a bit by landing on the moon... Other than that we Chinese hold this festival on the full moon day in the eight month under the Chinese calendar.



And what you see in the picture is half a Moon Cake: a special kind of sweet cake prepared in the shape of the moon and filled with sesame seeds and ground lotus seeds. First we serve them to our Gods and ancestors, and what they don't eat, we will finish :-)



Other than that nothing much is happening here in Phuket. The Phi Phi Island speed boats are really not making money and lots of tourists have cancelled their vacation to Thailand because of the political instability in Bangkok. All is calm and quite here in Phuket though, too quite for the tourist industry though.