Cantonk Wish You and Your Family a Happy Mid-Autumn Festival

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The Mid-Autumn Festival, the 15th day of the 8th lunar month, falls on October 4  this year according to the Gregorian calendar. The official holiday, in 2017, will be on October 4th, coinciding with the National Holiday.



The Mid-Autumn Festival is a harvest festival celebrated by ethnic Chinese and Vietnamese people.  Mainland China listed the festival as an "intangible cultural heritage" in 2006 and a public holiday in 2008.
 
Legends of Mid-autumn Festival
At a crisis, Chang’e fetched the elixir of life from the case and swallowed it promptly. Suddenly, Chang’e floated away from the ground, dashed out of the window and flew towards the sky. It was said that Chang’e became an immortal and stayed on the moon which was the nearest to the earth as she was anxious about his husband Hou Yi.
 
Chinese people regard the festival as an important day for family reunion. People from far away will try to come back home for the family gathering.



People usually celebrate the festival at night. The most important activity is to appreciate the bright full moon. The moon at the festival night is especially round and bright, symbolizing the peace, prosperity and family reunion. Family members usually chat, drink and eat under the full moon.

The festival food is moon cake. It is a round pastry with sweet fillings such as nuts, egg yolk, mashed red beans, black sesame, osmanthus flowers and more. Also, nowadays there are fruit-flavored, coffee-flavored and ice-cream moon cakes. About one month before the festival, you can see the cakes have begun to be sold in supermarkets. People buy it for relatives and friends to send best wishes. The round cake which likes the round moon also symbolizes the family reunion.




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