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by Bastion Harrison (subscribe)
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The moon is worshipped in many cultures across the world; it is often seen as a symbol of fertility and abundance. In Chinese tradition, the moon is connected with the woman's monthly menstrual; when the moon is full, it is said to be pregnant, and when it appears as a crescent, the moon has given birth.

In China, the moon is also celebrated in the mid-autumn to give thanks for plentiful harvests. This celebration known as the Moon Festival and takes place on the fifteenth day of the eight month, according to the Chinese Calendar. Although the harvest period has been celebrated since the Shang Dynasty in sixteenth century BCE, it was only in 2008 that the Moon Festival was declared an official public holiday. Perhaps this is due to people emigrating to western countries, where the tradition is not celebrated. A holiday was probably need to mark the event outside their country.

But it is more than just the Chinese that celebrate the Moon Festival now; everybody uses it as an excuse to party. This year, the Playboy Club at Salvatore's Bar is celebrating with acrobatics, fortune tellings, contortionists, and magicians.

There will also be canapes, and the all important mooncake. A mooncake is an extremely indulgent (the average size cake is said to be about one thousand calories) pastry made with salted duck egg yolks, and filled with red bean or lotus seed paste. Their round shape represents completeness and unity (you certainly won't feel incomplete after finishing one).

The party begins at 8pm and carries on till late. The Playboy Club is a private club, so you will have to sign up to be able to attend.
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Why? Celebrate Chinese Culture
When: 18th Sept from 8pm
Phone: 44 20 7491 8586
Where: Salvatore's Bar
Cost: Price of Membership
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