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All good things under the harvest moon

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By Jules Vivas

Beyond wishing for good fortune, the Mid-Autumn Festival is centered on family reunions and happiness. This harvest festival started 3,000 years ago during the Shang Dynasty, in celebration of the moon and its deity and as a time to reconnect with family and friends. A hallmark tradition during this festival is the making and sharing of mooncakes because of their round shape, which in Chinese symbolizes completeness and union.

MOON RITUAL Taoist priest Tommy Leong prays over the gifts to Yue Lao (MB Lifestyle)

MOON RITUAL Taoist priest Tommy Leong prays over the gifts to Yue Lao (MB Lifestyle)

This was exactly how the Yin & Yang Shop of Harmony honored the occasion, when it organized “Autumn Moon Harvest, Welcoming the Old Man under the Moon,” held earlier this month at the Glasshouse of New World Makati Hotel.

Colleagues, business partners, friends, and family members of the feng shui shop came together to celebrate the Mid-Autumn festival and to honor the memory of Princess Lim Fernandez, the inimitable feng shui specialist who was once The Manila Bulletin’s resident feng shui consultant.

As its name signifies, the festival was also a “birthday” celebration for Yue Lao, the old man under the moon, who is comparable to the Japanese Shinto spirit Musubi-no-Kami, god of matchmaking, love, and marriage.

It was an evening that began with a ceremony led by a Taoist priest who came all the way from Hong Kong, followed by a dinner featuring an auspicious spread, and capped with the traditional dice game that was invented as far back as the 1600 in Southern Ming.

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