Mid-Autumn Festival brings community, full moons, and mooncakes


Hannah Beeler

Also known as the Moon or Mooncake Festival, the Mid-Autumn Festival gathers families on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar. Pictured above are mooncakes, which are Chinese treats with symbols imprinted on top.

Hannah Beeler, Staff Reporter

An abundance of family and food is in store starting Tuesday for students celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival

“The Mid-Autumn Festival is a holiday that is celebrated in many East Asian countries,” junior Lilya Ma said. “It’s a day to get together and celebrate the moon and autumn harvest with friends and family by eating food together and giving money.”

Many students celebrate with their families in various ways.

“My family usually buys, or sometimes makes, mooncakes to eat,” junior Isabel Wang said. “We also look at the moon for a while, since it gets really big and round.”

Mooncakes are a Mid-Autumn Festival treat popular in many households during the festival.

“My family usually has a large dinner and we eat mooncakes,” junior William Zhang said. “My favorite tradition of the festival is having good food and enjoying various flavors of mooncake.”

For many students the Mid-Autumn Festival is a time to be with family.

“Some things that I’m looking forward to is the food,” Ma said. “But also of course just being able to enjoy the moon while being in the presence of my family.”