The Mid-Autumn Festival is time for celebration! It falls on October 1, 2020 this year and is a Chinese holiday that occurs every fall, as the name says.
The holiday symbolizes family reunion, happiness, thanksgiving and is driven by the fact that the moon is the fullest on this day. With all that is said, let's look into the traditions that Chinese families generally adhere to on this special day!
This is the most ubiquitous part of the Mid-Autumn Festival. Relatives, bosses, coworkers and friends are sending mooncakes are all sending boxes of mooncake to each other.
It is no surprise that I have 4 boxes of mooncake waiting to be devoured! My favorite is the snow skin mooncake and the classic lotus mooncake with salted egg yolks.
It is a tradition for families to reunite and indulge on an feast that includes duck, taro, crabs, and anything delicious! However, with COVID-19, the physical reunion might not be possible, but families do not fail to do the next thing...
Virtually Connecting With Relatives
For family members who live far apart, which is often the case for first-generation immigrants and their family in China, my parents never fail to send "Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!" greetings and FaceTime family members in China.
We facetime each other, show each other our feasts, and connect!
Also called pomelo, I love eating the citrus fruit. Why do we eat it during this time? It is because the fruit is round, sweet, and is labeled as a lucky fruit in China.
Moreover, pomelos in Mandarin is "you zi", which is a homophone for words that signify "prayer for a son", and the moon festival is a time of prayer and thanksgiving.
Looking At The Moon
We can't help but look at the moon! It's bright, full, and puts a smile on our face :)
Though this is not a ubiquitous moon festival tradition, you will see children drawing on paper lanterns in some households and schools.
Mid-autumn moon festivals are filled with beautiful, round lanterns and brings good vibes and unity to everyone.