Blue Moon Friday
“Once in a blue moon”. Today is the day.
The moon actually won’t be colored blue.Â Sadly, blue moon is only a term. The term “blue moon” comes from folklore.Â Modern interpretation of Blue Moon is “Two full moons in one month“.
Real Visibly Blue Moon
According to Nasa, The key to a blue moon is having in the air lots of particles slightly wider than the wavelength of red light (0.7 micron) – and no other sizes present.Â Ash and dust clouds thrown into the atmosphere by fires and storms usually contain a mixture of particles with a wide range of sizes, with most smaller than 1 micrometre, and they tend to scatter blue light. This kind of cloud makes the moon turn red; thus red moons are far more common than blue moons.Â Volcanic ash and forest fires can turn the moon blue. So, if you are nearby, remember to take a photo for us.
Moon and Neil Armstrong
Talking about moon, the first idea that flash into my mind is the first man who walk on the moon – Neil Armstrong.
August is the month of his destiny. Moon is the icon of his fate. He born onÂ August 5, 1930 and died on August 25, 2012, at the age of 82.Â Coincidence? Fate? Destiny? R.I.P.
His famous quote:Â “That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.”
National Day of Malaysia
To all Malaysian, this is a very meaningful day. It is our National Day. 2012, we celebrate the 55th anniversary of Independence Day. Merdeka is a Malay word which means Independence.
The theme for this year is 55 Years of Independence: Promises Fulfilled (55 Tahun Merdeka: Janji Ditepati).
Hungry Ghost FestivalÂ ç›‚å…°ç›†èŠ‚/ä¸å…ƒèŠ‚
31.08.2012, today, is theÂ 15th night of the seventh lunar month. In ChineseÂ tradition, the seventh month of Chinese lunar calendar is called Ghost Month,Â in which ghosts andÂ spirits, including those of the deceased ancestors, come out from theÂ lower realm (underworld). Â Â Activities during the month would include preparing ritualistic food offerings (often vegetarian meals), burningÂ incense, and burningÂ joss paper, aÂ papier-mÃ¢chÃ©Â form of material items such as clothes, gold, luxury car, and other fine goods for the visiting spirits of the ancestors.
In Singapore and Malaysia, concert-like performancesÂ are a prominent feature of the Ghost Festival. This LIVE shows are popularly known as Getai ä¸ƒæœˆæŒå°, performed by groups of singers, dancers, and entertainers on a temporary stage at night.Â The shows are always put on at night and at high volumes as the sound is believed to attract and please the ghosts.
Friendly reminder: If you visit Malaysia or Singapore during this month, and you can seeÂ GetaiÂ are everywhere. Please do not seat the “front row”, as these are reserved for ghosts.
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