The Chinese Moon Festival is on the 15th of the 8th lunar month. It's also known as the Mid-autumn Festival. Chinese culture is deeply imbedded in traditional festivals. Just like Christmas and Thanksgiving in the West, the Moon Festival is one of the most important traditional events for the Chinese.

The Moon Festival is full of legendary stories. Legend says that Chang Er flew to the moon, where she has lived ever since. You might see her dancing on the moon during the Moon Festival. The Moon Festival is also an occasion for family reunions. When the full moon rises, families get together to watch the full moon, eat moon cakes, and sing moon poems. With the full moon, the legend, the family and the poems, you can't help thinking that this is really a perfect world. That is why the Chinese are so fond of the Moon Festival.

 

The Moon Festival is also a romantic one. A perfect night for the festival is if it is a quiet night without a silk of cloud and with a little mild breeze from the sea. Lovers spend such a romantic night together tasting the delicious moon cake with some wine while watching the full moon. Even for a couple who can't be together, they can still enjoy the night by watching the moon at the same time so it seems that they are together at that hour. A great number of poetry has been devoted to this romantic festival. Hope the Moon Festival will bring you happiness.

The moon cake is the food for the Moon Festival. The Chinese eat the moon cake at night with the full moon in the sky. Here are a few pictures of the typical moon cake.

Following the Moon festival, people of Taiwan also celebrate their own festival at that time. Meanwhile, National Pingtung University of Science and Technology (NPUST), especially Department of Tropical Agriculture and International Cooperation (DTAIC) celebrated the moon festival in its department (Room 209) on 27 December, 2010.

By taking this great occasion in this event, the DTAIC’s association made the special competition event for its own members to be happy, communicated with the new students, and shared experiences among them.

For me, Chea Sopheak Makara, one of the members of the DTAIC’s association from Cambodia, was delighted with the event. I was also selected as the competitor of Pomelo Eating Contest. The 16 contesters had to follow the rule of the Pomelo Eating Contest committee.

The rule is:

1- Use only hands to peel the pomelo.

2- Eat as much as you can until you finish one pomelo and clean.

3- Run to press the ring at another site of contest room.

The Pomelo Eating Competition Committee was selected only best 5 winners to do the second round of the contest. By versus the time the contesters had to try all their best to eat pomelo. The Committee selected only top 3 winners. The Champion got the price of 500$NT. The Second had the price of 300$NT and the last one had 200$NT. During the contest, I tried all my best to eat at the end of the first round, I won among 5 winners. So I could go to the second round. It was very happy for me. I thought that whether I have a price or not, it doesn’t matter, because I can go to the top 5 winners. At the end, I didn’t have any price. But, I was still happy with the great time of the competition.

During my study in DTAIC, I would like to say “Thank you” to the Director of the department, our professors, our councilor and the DTAIC’s association that agreed to take the good opportunity to celebrate this event not only for students but for all people around the world by following the Golden word of Taiwan President say that “A better doing, A BRIGHTER FUTURE”.

At the end of my text, I have some picture of the Pomelo Contest Event to share to you all.

Good luck and best regards.

Chea Sopheak Makara

 

 

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