Marking the end of the summer, the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival follows a 3,000 year-old celebration of harvest, abundance and family unity. Held on the15th day of the 8th month in the Chinese lunar calendar, the Mid-Autumn Festival is considered one of the most important East Asian festivals of the year. The festival takes its name from the fact that it is always celebrated in the middle of the autumn season when the moon is at its roundest and fullest.
Originating in China, the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival has evolved into various customs around the world. In China, the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival is celebrated with family by making paper lanterns, eating mooncake and admiring the moon while thinking of family ancestors and good wishes. In Vietnam, the festival is also known as the Children’s Festival and emphasizes on the celebration of children. In Japan (Tsukimi) and Korea (Chu-sok), the festival is celebrated by watching the full moon, dancing and praying for a good harvest.