FC: Mid-Autumn Moon Festival | by Mary Doerksen
1: The Mid-Autumn Moon Festival is a popular East Asian celebration dating 3,000 years ago. It is celebrated by Vietnam, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan as well as areas in the United States such as Chinatown.It is a family reunion celebration as well as a fall harvest festival. The moon at this time is full and silver. | The Mid-Autumn Moon Festival
2: Chang'e is the moon goddess of immortality. Legend says that she saw a white beam of light and found a fine powder made from kernels of fruit. She swallowed the powder and was able to fly to the moon where she is now.
3: The moon goddess took her pet rabbit with her to help her make the same powder for her husband Houyi. He was left behind on earth. It is said they see each other during the moon festival.
4: There are many towers with lights to brighten the night sky.
5: Fire Dragons are are displayed and there is a fire dragon dance.
6: Moon Cakes are a tradition of the festival.
7: Original Moon Cakes with Chocolate Filling These cakes were originally made with egg and pastry dough.
8: The festival is very colorful.
9: These children are celebrating the moon festival. The date for the festival in 2012 is September30.
10: The festival occurs in mid-autumn.
11: The Mid-Autumn Moon Festival is the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar. The date can be from the second week in September to the second week in October. This date aligns with the autumnal equinox which affects high and low tide of the seas. Even though this celebration began as a legend, it is now a special time for family reunions and harvest blessings.
12: Resources | http://www.chinavoc.com/festivals/Midautumn.htm http://www.aerismagazine.com/2012/09/17/the-new-wave-mooncake-traditional-with-a-twist http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mid-Autumn_Festival