This week, we're celebrating the Mid-Autumn, or Moon Festival! Observed in many countries in East Asia, including China, Japan, Vietnam and Korea, this holiday is a family celebration much like American Thanksgiving. Families gather to enjoy special foods, including mooncakes, and to give thanks for the harvest and family unity.
The Moon Festival traditionally takes place on the fifteenth day of the eighth month of the Chinese lunar calendar, which on today's calendars means mid-September or early October. This year, it falls on October 1. Check out the resources below to learn more and join in the festivities!
Mooncakes by Loretta Seto
Make a Moon Festival Lantern
Resources to Learn More
Here are some great library books and materials for learning about the Moon Festival and other Chinese stories!
Here are some great YouTube videos about the Moon Festival!