The Chinese Moon Festival, (also known as the Mid-autumn Festival) which is normally celebrated on the 15th of the 8th lunar month, is is one of the most important traditional events for the Chinese.
It is as important for the Chinese, as Christmas and Thanksgiving is for the people in the West
The Moon festival is famous for, among other things, its “Moon Cakes”.
Traditionally, Lovers are supposed to spend the romantic night of the Moon Festival together, tasting the delicious moon cake with some wine, while watching the full moon.
Even for two lovers who can not be together at that time, they can still enjoy the night by watching the full moon at the same time, so that they are emotionally together at that hour.
A lot of Chinese poetry has been devoted to this romantic festival which is said to bring happiness.
This year however, there could be a problem with the bringing of happiness via the Moon Cakes.
This culprit is the Bird-Flu virus, which is a real pain in the er.. neck.
Not only is the Bird-Flu killing millions of birds and an increasing (though still limited) number of humans, but also, it is now causing all kind of life style problems for us all.
The Chinese Government has told its people not to take moon cakes containing egg yolk or meat abroad, because of the threat of bird flu and other such diseases.
The Foreign Ministry reminded people heading to Australia for the September 25 Mid-Autumn Festival of strict quarantine laws, which prohibit the import of a wide range of food for fear of diseases such as bird flu, Newcastle disease and foot and mouth.
The strict Ausi quarantine laws carry fines of up to $49 000 and 10 years’ jail for failure to declare banned foods.
Other countries could well have similar penalties for unauthorised import of egg based products such as Moon Cakes.
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