In America, Thanksgiving means lots of food, lots of family, and time to reflect on what to be grateful for in the closing year. In China, the second biggest holiday after the Chinese New Year is the Mid-Autumn Festival. This is holiday is very similar to Thanksgiving here in America. Obviously, it takes place in late autumn, during the 15th day of the 8th lunar moon. The holiday is believed to have originated from Moon worshipping from the Shang Dynasty. Moon worshipping was motivated by Ancient Chinese you believed it would bring a large harvest in the coming year.

Like the American Thanksgivings, the entire country is essentially on holiday for a couple of days. Families get together and spend quality time engaging in Mid-Autumn traditions. The Chinese release lanterns into lakes and the sky as children watch, but not as elaborately as the Chinese New Year holiday. These holiday traditions include food of course. The most common food made and consumed during the Mid-Autumn Festival is mooncakes. The mooncakes are usually cut in the same number of pieces as family members and then enjoyed after a feast of other foods. I think this is significant because it demonstrates how food is used even across the planet to bring families together for a time of thankfulness in completely different culture.

 

Sources:

http://theweek.com/article/index/236515/6-thanksgiving-celebrations-around-the-world

http://www.chinahighlights.com/festivals/mid-autumn-festival-history-origin.htm

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