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Mid-Autumn Day

Sep 12, 2019

Mid-autumn Day
Mid-autumn Day is a Chinese festival. It usually comes in September or October .On that day we usually eat a big dinner and mooncakes. It is said "Hou Yi" missed his wife, so he made mooncakes. It looks like the moon. There are many kinds of mooncakes. They are small round cakes with meat, nuts or something sweet inside . eating mooncakes has been our custom. Families stay outside in the open air eat a big dinner and mooncakes. The most important thing is looking at the moon, On that day, the moon kooks brighter and rounder. We call this moon the full moon. On that day, families get together, so we call this day getting –together. This is Mid –autumn Day. I love it very much.

Also, this day was also considered as a harvest festival since fruits,vegetables and grain had been harvested by this time and food was abundant. Food offerings were placed on an altar set up in the courtyard. Apples,pears,peaches,grapes,pomegranates,melons,oranges and pomelos might be seen. Special foods for the festival included moon cakes,cooked taro and water caltrope,a type of water chestnut resembling black buffalo horns. Some people insisted that cooked taro be included because at the time of creation,taro was the first food discovered at night in the moonlight. Of all these foods,it could not be omitted from the Mid-Autumn Festival.

Mooncakes are to Mid-Autumn Festival what mince pies are to Christmas. The seasonal round cakes traditionally have a sweet filling of lotus seed paste or red bean paste and often have one or more salted duck eggs in the center to represent the moon. And the moon is what this celebration is all about. Mid-Autumn Festival falls on the 15th day of the 8th month, it is the time when the moon is said to be at its brightest and fullest.