Moon festival Pangkor
Moon cake or Moon festival Pangkor, held on the 3rd October was a great success. There were impressive performances by the local lion dancers. The festival is in China known as the Mid-Autumn Festival or Lantern Festiva.
The festival is always held on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar. This is usually late September or early October. The traditional food of this festival is the mooncake. Traditionally it's a pastry, see our Moon Cake page here.
The Moon festival is one of the most important festivals for the Chinese people. It is tradition that family members living far away move back to their home town and celebrate the festival with the family. Therefore in China itself, it can be very hectic and transport and hotels can be hard to find and very expensive and together with Chinese New Year it is one of the main holiday periods.
In Malaysia it is a bit different. Here too it is one of the main festivals for the Chinese and they are willing to show it. The night of October 3, I was at Pangkor island at the Chinese school were the festivities were held. Special guest was Pangkor born Prime Minister Dato' Seri Dr Zambry B Abd. Kadir. After his arrival, which causes great attention of the collective audience the crowd was more interested in the drummers and lion dance show, which, I have to admit, very spectacular. Here is what happened: