Cultural Information: Mid-Autumn Festival

The Mid-Autumn Festival (Zhong Qiu Jie) also known as the Moon Cake Festival. In Malaysia and Singapore, it is also sometimes referred to as the Lantern Festival, similar in name to a different festival which falls on the fifteenth day of the Lunar New Year. The Mid-Autumn Festival is a popular Asian celebration of abundance and togetherness, dating back over 3,000 years ago in China.

The Festival falls on the 15th day of the 8th Lunar Month (usually around mid or late September in the Gregorian Calendar). At this time, the moon is at its fullest and brightest, marking an ideal time to celebrate the abundance of the summer's harvest. The traditional food of this festival is the moon cake, of which there are many different varieties.

Chinese paper lanterns Moon Cake
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