Full Moon Friday Funtime!

It’s Friday…and the Harvest Full Moon is visible for those with clear night skies! Today also marks the Penumbral Lunar Eclipse, which will make the moon look a little bit darker to those living in Europe, parts of Asia, the countries in East Africa, and most of Australia. I’d love to see some photos, if any intrepid photographers are able to capture the event!

Today would have been B. B. King’s 91st birthday…sadly, he passed away on 14 May of last year. Fortunately, his songs are still played regularly on Sirius satellite radio, on the “Bluesville” channel – it’s still referred to as “B. B. King’s Bluesville” by many of us who listen. True blues…not the watered-down, washed-out crap that Clapton or other Brits play. They play sorry emulations of a grand music that is truly American – raw, gritty, and full of heart and soul. If you haven’t lived it, you can’t play it…it’s as simple as that!

Yesterday marked the beginning of the Chinese Moon Festival, also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival. From the China Highlights website:

Traditional Calendar Seasons

According to the Chinese lunar calendar (and traditional solar calendar), the 8th month is the second month of autumn. As the four seasons each have three (about-30-day) months on the traditional calendars, day 15 of month 8 is “the middle of autumn”.

For the Full Moon

On the 15th of the lunar calendar, each month, the moon is at its roundest and brightest, symbolizing togetherness and reunion in Chinese culture. Families get together to express their familial love by eating dinner together, appreciating the moon, eating mooncakes, etc. The harvest moon is traditionally believed to be the brightest of the year.

For Harvest Celebration

Month 8 day 15, is traditionally the time rice is supposed to mature and be harvested. So people celebrate the harvest and worship their gods to show their gratitude.

I’ll close this post with three excellent songs by the “King of the Blues,” B. B. King…and, guess what? This is my 2,000th post – pretty awesome, I think!


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