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Oct 12, 2009

The Moon Festival

The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival, is one of the most celebrated holidays in China, taking place in October with the full moon.
Our adoption agency's cultural school, the Joyous Chinese Cultural Center-JCCC, celebrated the Moon Festival this past Saturday. The kids were invited to help make moon cakes, a beautiful paper lantern, and play games. Taylor and her friend Sydney went together and had so much fun. Making the moon cakes was fun...but eating them was not! Hopefully we will be celebrating with Taylor & Kendy next year!

A little bit of history: The Moon Festival is a popular harvest festival celebrated by Chinese people and Vietnamese people (even though they celebrate it differently), dating back over 3,000 years to moon worship in China's Shang Dynasty. The Mid-Autumn Festival is held on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar, which is usually around late September or early October in the Gregorian calendar. It is a date that parallels the autumnal equinox of the solar calendar, when the moon is supposedly at its fullest and roundest. The traditional food of this festival is the mooncake. Farmers celebrate the end of the summer harvesting season on this date. Traditionally on this day, Chinese family members and friends will gather to admire the bright mid-autumn harvest moon and eat moon cakes together.

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