The Mid-Autumn Festival (simplified Chinese: 中秋节; traditional Chinese: 中秋節) also known as Moon Festival or Harvest Festival, is a traditional festival celebrated by many East and Southeast Asian communities. It is considered the second-most important holiday after Lunar New Year with a history dating back over 3,000 years when the Emperor of China worshipped the moon for bountiful harvests.
On Tuesday evening, over 100 LCS students gathered at the waterfront to celebrate the festival. The Mid-Autumn festival is traditionally held on the 15th day of the 8th month of the Lunar calendar. However, our community celebrated on the first day of our grade experience intersession activities.
Students were able to enjoy a rich variety of traditional foods, including moon cakes, egg tart, pineapple cake, fried dumplings, bbq pork buns, fried shrimp, fried sesame balls, oranges, spring rolls, and red bean cakes. Food is a large part of many cultural traditions and sharing in the experience of tasting new foods (and for some students, savouring foods that are familiar to them), creates an opportunity for connection and understanding.
Despite an overcast evening in which the harvest moon hid behind the clouds, lanterns shone brightly and our students gathered in community to learn about the festival, enjoy great conversations, and sample the flavours of traditional Mid-Autumn Festival foods.