The next Full Moon Picnic will be Monday Oct 1 from 7:30 - 9:30 PM (one day after the official full moon). Moonrise will rise just after 8 PM.
In American Indian lore this is the Full Corn Moon or Harvest Moon, marking the time for harvesting the corn. The Chinese celebrate this full moon, the brightest one of the year, with a Mooncake Festival. Depending on which legend you believe, there were once ten suns in the sky until the Emperor's archer shot nine down. But when his reward of immortality was stolen by his wife, she was banished to the moon where her appearance became immortalized. Another legend explains the role of the "Man in the Moon" with regard to marriage. The most famous legend explains how the Chinese overthrew the occupying Mongols by passing messages in mooncakes (made from Mung Bean Paste). For the full story and mooncake recipes:
Moon Festival - Mooncakes - Asian Harvest Moon Festival
WHAT: Everyone brings food and drink to share.
WHERE: Pont des Arts. We'll gather around a bench near the center of the bridge. Nearest metros: Pont Neuf and Louvre-Rivoli.
WHEN: Monday Oct 1st 7:30PM - 9:30PM
WHY: Share one of the most memorable sights in Paris with some of the nicest people around.
WHO: You and your friends.
HOW to find us: Keep your eyes out for a small white telescope on tripod if the sky is clear. Check in by cell phone if you can't find us:[masked].
THEME: Corn. Popcorn. Corny things of all kinds, including jokes, t-shirts, hats, etc. And don't forget mooncakes or other baked Chinese goods. In fact, ALL tasty treats are welcome.
PUZZLER: What month is the Harvest Moon? It varies between September and October. Why?
ANSWER: The Harvest Moon is the full moon that falls closest to the autumnal equinox on Sept 22 or 23. So the Harvest Moon falls in September 3/4 of the time.
Ciao for niao,