The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as Moon Festival, Moonlight Festival, Moon Evening, Autumn Festival, Mid-Autumn Festival, Moon Festival, Moon Festival, Reunion Festival, etc., is one of the four traditional festivals in China, and its date falls on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month in haversted season.
This day was also considered as a harvest festival since fruits, vegetables and grain had been harvested by this time and food was abundant. Food offerings were placed on an altar set up in the courtyard. Apples, pears, peaches, grapes, pomegranates, melons, oranges and pomelos might be seen. Special foods for the festival included moon cakes, cooked taro and water caltrope, a type of water chestnut resembling black buffalo horns. Some people insisted that cooked taro be included because at the time of creationtaro was the first food discovered at night in the moonlight. Of all these foods, it could not be omitted from the Mid-Autumn Festival.
The Mid-Autumn Festival symbolizes people's reunion with the full moon, and hopes for a rich and colorful and precious cultural heritage for the sake of missing hometown and relatives.
Here Best Wishes to all USSTers and your families at Mid-Autumn Festival!