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Mid-Autumn Festival
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Monday was the Mid-Autumn Festival celebrated notably by the Chinese and Vietnamese people.

The Chinese have celebrated the harvest during the autumn full moon since the Shang dynasty (c. 1600–1046 BCE). Morris Berkowitz, who studied the Hakka people during the 1960s, theorizes that the harvest celebration originally began with worshiping mountain deities after the harvest was completed. For the Baiyue peoples, the harvest time commemorated the dragon who brought rain for the crops. The celebration as a festival only started to gain popularity during the early Tang dynasty (618–907 CE).One legend explains that Emperor Xuanzong of Tang started to hold formal celebrations in his palace after having explored the Moon-Palace. The term mid-autumn (中秋) first appeared in Rites of Zhou, a written collection of rituals of the Western Zhou dynasty (1046–771 BCE).

Of course there are certain types of food involved.

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Mooncakes: Making and sharing mooncakes is one of the hallmark traditions of this festival. In Chinese culture, a round shape symbolizes completeness and reunion. Thus, the sharing and eating of round mooncakes among family members during the week of the festival signifies the completeness and unity of families.

Imperial dishes: served on this occasion included nine-jointed lotus roots which symbolize peace, and watermelons cut in the shape of lotus petals which symbolize reunion.

Teacups & Wine: Teacups were placed on stone tables in the garden, where the family would pour tea and chat, waiting for the moment when the full moon's reflection appeared in the center of their cups.Owing to the timing of the plant's blossoms, cassia wine is the traditional choice for the "reunion wine" drunk on the occasion. Also, people will celebrate by eating cassia cakes and candy.

Food offerings: made to deities are placed on an altar set up in the courtyard, including apples, pears, peaches, grapes, pomegranates, melons, oranges, and pomelos.[25]One of the first decorations purchased for the celebration table is a clay statue of the Jade Rabbit.

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Nowadays, in southern China, people will also eat some seasonal fruit that may differ in different district but carrying the same meaning of blessing.

The festival celebrates three fundamental concepts that are closely connected:

  • Gathering, such as family and friends coming together, or harvesting crops for the festival. It's said the moon is the brightest and roundest on this day which means family reunion. And this is the main reason why people think mid-autumn is important.

  • Thanksgiving, to give thanks for the harvest, or for harmonious unions

  • Praying (asking for conceptual or material satisfaction), such as for babies, a spouse, beauty, longevity, or for a good future

Traditions and myths surrounding the festival are formed around these concepts, although traditions have changed over time due to changes in technology, science, economy, culture, and religion. 

The Lion Dance was a remarkable experience
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The Lion Dance was so much fun. Look how beautiful the Lion Costumes are! The Chinese New Year happens in February. Mark your calendars for next year so you wont miss it!
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Reserve a table for Valentine's Day: Windchimes Chinese
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It's true, Valentine's Day is on its way and we want to make it easy for you!  Reserve a table for this special evening and let us serve you a delicious experience.  The Windchimes is a great choice as we offer a truly exquisite experience.  Plus, we have a full bar, a great wine and sake selection, and our food is colorful, authentic, and delicious.  

Reserve a table to ay and you will feel so good and ready for that special day for that special someone.

 

Panda Excursion: Mount Li, Terracotta Army, Hot Springs!

Mount Li a place of magic, nature, relaxation, and delicious cuisine! What more could you ask? 

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Mount Li is a mountain full of mystique and is part of the Qinling mountain range in Xi'an in Shaanxi Province and rises 1302 meters above sea level.  There is much charm and magic that lives in the history of this mountain, ranging from the"Black Steed Tribe" that once lived in its cliffs during the Zhou period 1046-771 BC, to the place where the goddess Nuwa, creator of Mankind, repaired the wall of heaven.  Also at the foot of the mountain, is the necropolis of the first emperor Qin Shi Huang and his mausoleum and terracotta army.  The infamous army that was created to protect the last emperor of Unified China.  The main burial ground of Qin Shi Hunag is still sealed shut and is said to have rivers of Mercury!

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The history at mount Li is plush but so are the nature trails and areas of relaxation.  There are many hot springs in the area, like the Xian Huaqing hot springs, for instance, and the cuisine is abundant and delicious boasting noodle dishes, dumplings, and breads.

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The yangrou paomo is a local dish, which is Flatbread in mutton soup, and is unique because the bread is hand pulled and cooked in the mutton broth.  The process takes a while but allows time for conversation and to trade stories. Pomegranate juice is also popular in the fall and compliments the kabobs that you can find being cooked on the streets. Noodles are abundant in Xi'an eaten cold or warm and are made from many different ingredients, spinach, wheat, rice.  And don't forget to try the hot and sour dumpling soup with a mutton based broth. YUMMY!

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It's Friday! Give yourself a pat on the back

Could it be possible?  Is it True?  Take a moment and congratulate yourself on another week of Success!  You have made it to Friday and now get to relax into the weekend.  Enjoy your friends and family and the beautiful weather that we are having as Fall approaches.  And you know my advice for Fridays?... Windchimes Chinese Carryout!  Indulge on excellent Authentic Chinese with no dishes or messes to clean up. AND you get 10% off your entire order of Carryout when you pay Cash! $30.00 or more minimum!

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