The Mid-Autumn Festival is an important traditional festivity second only to the Spring Festival.
Celebrated on the 15th day of the eighth month in Chinese lunar calendar, Mid-Autumn day is a time when people celebrate the harvest, enjoy the getting-together with families and friends and appreciate good food and the most beautiful moon. In Mid-Autumn farmers had just finished gathering their crops and bringing in rich fruits from the land.
They were overwhelmed with joy when they have a harvest and at the same time they felt quite relaxed after a year of hard work. So the 15th Day of the eighth lunar month has gradually evolved as a widely celebrated festival for ordinary people. When the night falls, the land is bathed in silver moonlight. Families set up tables in their courtyards or sit together on their balconies chatting and sharing offerings to the moon. Together they enjoy the spell of night.
In the past, food offerings were placed on an altar set up in the courtyard. Special food for the festival included Moon Cakes, Watermelons, Apples, Dates, Plum, Grapes, Cooked Taro and others. Some people insisted that cooked taro be included because at the time of creation, taro was the first food discovered at night in the moonlight.