The Moon festival, as known as Mid-autumn Festival, is the second most important festival in Chinese culture. During Moon Festival, families usually have moon cakes and pomelos, and sit outside and enjoy the full moon. Of course, the full moon is a symbol for “completeness,” so it also a time for families to come together for some quality time.
In recent years, Taiwanese have started having barbecues instead of eating the traditional moon cakes, and pomelos. In contrast, Chinese in Malaysia have kept with the traditional foods. On the other hand, the Malaysian Chinese celebrate the Moon Festival with activities that are different from the traditional ones seen in Taiwan. In Malaysia, people have lantern coloring contests during the Moon Festival. In Taiwan, people play lantern games on during the Lantern Festival.
Although the way people celebrate common holidays is different in different places, the meaning of these traditional Chinese festivals remains the same. They are all about family gathering together and enjoying each other’s company. If you have a chance to participate in these festivals with your local Chinese community, we highly recommend it. These festivals are really quite interesting, and something you should not miss!
by Feng Chia University students - about the FCU (Taichung, Taiwan) student lifestyle
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