Jade Rabbits at Kwai Chai Hong (Mid-Autumn Festival 2020)

Hops and Dreams art installation of the Jade Rabbits at Kwai Chai Hong / 鬼仔巷 (Little Ghost Road in the Cantonese) for the Mid-Autumn Festival. Kwai Chai Hong alley is located in between Lorong Panggung and Jalan Petaling or Petaling Street. http://www.kwaichaihong.com/ / https://www.facebook.com/kwaichaihong/ / https://says.com/my/lifestyle/this-neglected-hidden-alley-in-kl-has-been-revived-into-the-latest-instaworthy-spot The moon rabbit/moon hare/Jade rabbit is a mythical figure who lives on the Moon in Far Eastern folklore, based on pareidolia interpretations that identify the dark markings on the near side of the Moon as a rabbit or hare. The folklore originated in China and then spread to other Asian cultures. In Chinese folklore, the rabbit often is portrayed as a companion of the Moon goddess Chang’e, constantly pounding the elixir of life for her. The Mid-Autumn Festival is the second-most important holiday after the Chinese New Year with a history dating back 3,000 years, when China’s emperors worshipped the moon for bountiful harvests. The festival is held on the 15th day of the 8th month of the Chinese lunisolar calendar with a full moon at night, corresponding to mid-September to early October of the Gregorian calendar. On this day, the Chinese believe that the moon is at its brightest and fullest size, coinciding with harvest time in the middle of Autumn. Lanterns of all size and shapes, are carried and displayed – as beacons to light our way to prosperity and good luck. Mooncakes, a rich pastry typically filled with sweet-bean or lotus-seed paste, are traditionally eaten during the festival.

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