The Mid-Autumn Festival is celebrated across East Asia on the Harvest Moon. It brings the family together to celebrate with delicious mooncakes, dragon parades, and beautiful lanterns!
A Chinese legend tells of Chang'e, who drank the elixir of immortality and became a goddess. Instead of living in the Heavens, she and her rabbit stayed on the moon, close enough for her beloved husband to still see her in the night sky.
Many East Asian countries celebrate the Mid-Autumn festival with paper lanterns. In Vietnam, these lanterns are often in the shape of carps to scare away an evil carp spirit of old legends.
Mooncakes aren't just delicious - they were once used by rebels! When the Mongols ruled China, an uprising was organised by passing messages inside these cakes. Nowdays, the most high-end mooncakes can cost more than an iPhone!
In ancient China it was believed that worshipping the Harvest Moon would bring a good harvest. In Japan, the holiday is called Tsukimi, or Moon-Gazing Festival, where people watch the moon and leave offerings to it.