Before the celebrations begin next week, here are eight things you need to know about the Moon Festival, including the origins, traditions, foods and fortunes of this Asian festival.
What: The Moon Festival, also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival, is the second biggest event on the Asian calendar. It is a truly multicultural affair that is celebrated in China, Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, and beyond.
When: The Moon Festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month – this year it will be the 15th of September.
Why: Traditionally designed to give thanks to the moon for a bountiful harvest, the Mid-Autumn Festival has been celebrated across Asia for thousands of years.
Where: From Melbourne to Manhattan, the Moon Festival events take place all around the world, but for the most lavish locations take a look at the top 3 Asian places to visit during Moon Festival.
Eat: There are many auspicious dishes to enjoy during the Moon Festival, including duck, crab, rice dishes, and taro. But no Moon Festival celebration is complete without mooncakes. Discover the top 10 varieties of mooncakes, or learn how to make mooncakes in 10 easy steps.
Do: This is a time for reconnecting with family, whether that’s sharing a feast or paying homage to your ancestors. Here are seven ways to celebrate Moon Festival with your family.
Light: Lanterns have a particular significance in the Moon Festival. They symbolize letting go of the past and welcoming in a new self for the coming year. Find out more about the symbolism of lanterns here.
See: Spend some time gazing at the moon, giving thanks for the abundance of produce we enjoy and recognising the role the moon plays in the changing of the seasons.
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