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Lunar Moon Festival

 

 

 

The Mid-Autumn Festival will fall on September 21, 2021. 

 

Origins

The Lunar Moon Festival is also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival. It falls on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month and is celebrated by several Southeast and Northeast Asian countries. It has been dated back to 3000 years ago! People started to celebrate the moon during the mid-autumn season to wish for a full harvest. Many of the rich and nobles would throw huge parties with music and dance to admire and worship the moon. 

Mooncakes

Mooncakes are a tradition when it comes to the Moon Festival! They are treats with either a salted egg yolk and a sweet or savory filling. Typically, moon cakes are round to symbolize the full moon and are used as gifts for friends, neighbors, and family. If someone gives you a mooncake, appreciate it. They are giving you their best wishes. 

Today, mooncakes come in different shapes and sizes! For example, each region in China has their own popular mooncake flavor and designs. In the United States, you can find all sorts of modern mooncakes. Chocolate, peanut butter, coffee.... you name it! Although, I would recommend you try the traditional moon cakes at least once. 

Lanterns

Another must-have during the Mid-Autumn festival are lanterns. Typically, people celebrate the festival at night to fully view the moon. Lanterns are used to light the way for family and friends. Even though we have other sources for light, using lanterns is still a beautiful tradition. You can find different lanterns around the world. Some are traditional red and others resemble animals. Each part of the world uses a variety lanterns, but the message is still the same. 

Modern Take

I find it fascinating that we still celebrate this event. We don't exactly need to harvest food anymore, but we still kept up the tradition. I appreciate that the meaning hasn't been completely lost. Similar to Thanksgiving, the Moon Festival is an occasion for families to reunite. It is a time for us to get together, have a warm meal, and share a mooncake together. 

 

Click or tap on book titles to check out from the library
Thanking the Moon

 

Lin Yi's Lantern

 

 The Shadow in the Moon

 

The Moon Lady

 

 

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