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Through the Seasons / Four Festivals

Mid-Autumn/Moon Festival

On the fifteenth day of the eighth lunar month, when family and friends gather to view the largest full moon of the year—its roundness a symbol of reunion—they are continuing a 3,000-year tradition. Families celebrate a bountiful harvest and their time together by eating moon cakes—rich pastries with sweet or savory filling—with tea and pomelos, reciting poetry, and listening to music.

Mid-Autumn Festival

This short animation by Aurelie Beatley (with music from Smithsonian Folkways) recounts a story traditionally associated with Mid-Autumn Festival.

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Visitors enjoy a Mid-Autumn Festival lantern display at Victoria Park, Hong Kong, 2013. Photo courtesy of Hong Kong SAR

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Four Festivals