Happy Mid-Autumn Festival to all who celebrate!
Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as Mooncake Festival, is held every 15th day of the eight lunar month, which falls on 24 September this year. With a history of over 3,000 years, this traditional festival that stems from ancient Chinese culture is also celebrated by several Southeast Asian countries.
The lantern parade is an important aspect of the festival in Malaysia. Expect dragon dances and brightly lit lanterns filling up the cities. Over time, Mid-Autumn has become like a national festival here, with people of different races and religions joining in to become a part of the fun.
A popular activity during Mid-Autumn Festival is the Mooncake Dice game (Pua Tiong Chiu), which was first developed 1,500 years ago. All needed to play this game is six dice, a big bowl, and 63 different-sized mooncakes as the prizes!
During this festival, Singaporeans exchange boxes of mooncakes as gifts for family and friends. This season is also a change for them to enjoy the sight of dazzling lanterns around the country, some of them depicting fictitious creatures and gigantic flora and fauna.
To celebrate this festival, Thai people usually sit around a tray of mooncakes and fruits like peaches, durians and pomelo, and give each other best wishes.
Mid-Autumn Festival (Tet Trung Thu) in Viet Nam is celebrated by children who participate in parades with lanterns of various shapes and colours, sometimes with riddles written for others to guess the answers.
Mooncake is one of the main traditions; its round shape symbolishing completeness and unity when eaten among family members during the week.