We’ve had some more wonderful photo’s from Lucia, Julian and Bella. They have been enjoying a local celebration called the Mooncake Festival.
“This week we have been celebrating Mooncake Festival. We have eaten moon cake, decorated our lanterns, walked the streets with our lit lanterns and generally got involved in the celebrations and festivities involved with the Mooncake Festival. It has been lots of fun! Please see photos below: happy Mooncake Festival to all xxx“
The Mid–Autumn Festival, also known as Moon Festival or Mooncake Festival, is a traditional festival celebrated by many East and Southeast Asian people. It is the second-most important holiday after the Chinese New Year with a history dating back 3,000 years, when China’s emperors worshipped the moon for bountiful harvests. The celebration is called Chuseok (autumn eve) in Korea and Tsukimi (moon-viewing) in Japan.
The festival is held on the 15th day of the 8th month of the Chinese lunisolar calendar with a full moon at night, corresponding to mid-September to early October of the Gregorian calendar. On this day, the Chinese believe that the moon is at its brightest and fullest size, coinciding with harvest time in the middle of Autumn.
Lanterns of all size and shapes, are carried and displayed – as beacons to light our way to prosperity and good luck. Mooncakes, a rich pastry typically filled with sweet-bean or lotus-seed paste, are traditionally eaten during the festival.
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