I was inspired to create these masterpieces just recently, when I was reminded about "Mid-Autumn Festival", or as I remember them "Mooncake Festival" because every Chinese holiday is linked to some special food. When I studied abroad in Taiwan, I got to see their version of the "Moon Festival". They all refer to the same thing: The 15th day of the 8th moon which is on September 22, 2010 in the Western calendar. Why is this important? Because farmers celebrate the end of summer harvest. The festival is also intricately linked to the mythical Moon Goddess of Immortality. According to “Li-Ji”, an ancient Chinese book recording customs and ceremonies, the Chinese Emperor should offer sacrifices to the sun in spring and the moon in autumn. It's also the date that the moon is at it's fullest and roundest [autumnal equinox].
To celebrate, we eat mooncakes made of lotus seed paste, red bean paste, or other flavors with a salty egg in the center representing a full moon. Traditional mooncakes have an imprint on top of the Chinese characters for longevity or harmony as well as the name of the bakery and the filling in the moon cake. Imprints of the moon, the Moon Goddess of Immortality, flowers, vines, or a rabbit may surround the characters for additional decoration. With all this celebratory revelry, I couldn't resist creating a Celestial Collection to commemorate the Holiday. But don't get me wrong, you can wear these jewelry any day of the year!