"When the moon is full,
mankind is one!"
In China and throughout many Asian countries people celebrate the Harvest Moon on the 15th day of the eighth month of their lunar calendar. The date in the Western calendar changes yearly. This year it fell on October 3.
The festival is the second most important festival after the Spring festival for the Chinese people. The Harvest Moon Festival is a day of family reunions much like a Western Thanksgiving we celebrate in the US.
The festival dates back to the Tang dynasty in 618 A.D.. There are many different way the Chinese celebrate. Most important is the moon. The Chinese believe that on that day the moon is the roundest and brightest signaling a time of completeness.
Traditional foods for a Chinese Moon festival are red in color, which symbolizes good luck. Lobster and salmon, apples, pomegranates, roasted peanuts and moon cakes.
Every year we have been lucky enough to celebrate with our adoption friends. This year we all gathered at Gracie's Chinese Buffet on Sunday Oct 4th.