Sep 19, 2015 - Mid-Autumn Festival 2015


Mid-Autumn Festival 2015

Chinese people believe the full moon is a symbol of peace, prosperity, and family reunion.

On Mid-Autumn night the harvest moon is supposed to be the brightest and fullest of the year, so the festival is also known as the "Day of Reunion" and the "Moon Festival" or most famously “Mid Autumn Festival”

Mid-Autumn Festival is held on the 15th day of the eighth month of the Chinese calendar, which is in September or early October. 

This year it was held on Saturday, September 19th, a warm beautiful calm evening in Edmonton.

Aimee and I sensed this was an evening of not only Chinese culture but also a way we could hope for the future, remember and honor Bradley.

We were not going to miss this special evening.  It’s never easy because Bradley is constantly on our minds, as Aimee says “we bleed on the inside” but in saying that we also want desperately to find some kind of peace. 

For me, even if it’s only for a small moment, it’s peace.

For a donation to the Edmonton Food Bank we were able to purchase “wishing boat lanterns” and then with another generous donation to the Food Bank we purchased a used black sharpie right out of the shirt pocket of a volunteer. 

Brad would have liked that.  

We wrote our message to Brad, our wishes, our hopes.  We honoured all three young men on that warm evening amongst 1000’s of people celebrating this huge Chinese Festival in Edmonton’s city center, Churchill Square. 

After an amazing Lantern and Chinese Lion Dragon Parade starting at 8:30 pm, the Wishing Boat Launch followed. 

Literaly 1000’s of festival goers let their wishing boats go at the exact same time.  

It was beautiful and for that brief moment I found a little peace. 

I am sure that was Bradley’s wish too. 

Our two lit up boats hung around us for a few minutes then floated to join the others. 
Within moments they were in the midst of it all, surrounded by 1000's of little lit up boats.

Imagine the waters at City Hall full of Wishing Boats holding the wishes and blessings of Edmontonians. All together they peacefully floated away.

We love you Brad, we miss you more and more with each passing day. We will continue to be your voice, we’ll continue to remember all the good times, the laughs you gave us from day one.  Most of all we’ll work on peace. 

Eat some “moon cakes” and stay out of trouble in Heaven Brad, and don’t stay up too late. 

Thanks for the full moon, the great weather, most of thanks for all the strength. 

Gather all the troops and please give them a hug for us.  You all send us that peace we are always looking for.

Thank you




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