Aside from the Chinese New Year, there is this one occasion that we look forward to. So many festivities going around this month.
But before we get busy with the festivities, let’s go back to basics. Why do we really celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival?
Mid-Autumn Festival ( 中秋節) is celebrated during the 15th day of the 8th month of the Chinese Calendar. It usually falls on end of September or early October of the Gregorian Calendar. For this year, the date is September 27.
It is called Mid-Autumn because the 8th month is the second month of Autumn ( with the year divided into 4 seasons) and being the 15th day, it’s basically the middle of the Autumn season.
In some parts of China, it’s called Moon Festival, being that the moon is full and worshipping and gazing at the moon while eating mooncake is the tradition.
Sometimes, it is called Mooncake Festival because of the tradition of eating Mooncake Pastries during this time. The cake symbolizes the togetherness and the unity of a family, so it’s tradition that a mooncake is divided and shared with equal number of family members.
That’s what’s practiced here in the Philippines. Aside from sharing and eating moon cake within the family, we also give to relatives, friends and colleagues. We also celebrate it with a Moon cake Dice Game. This has become a reunion of some sort within families and friends. We usually buy prizes of different variety and play a game to promote camaraderie between each other. It’s always fun so I can’t wait for our family’s annual dice game and our office’s dice game and our friends’ dice games and our daughter’s class’ dice games and so on…