1 September, 2016
OSCA's August Moon Dinner 2016 was held at the Golden Harvest Restaurant on the 10th, September, 2016. About 130 people gathered to help celebrate the occasion with us and we had a marvelous meal with a Lion dance and raffles and auctions. Thanks to all who supported OSCA by buying tickets.
In China, the Mid-Autumn Festival or August Moon Festival is the second grandest festival after the Spring Festival. In some instances there will also be Dragon and Lion Dances or parades.
In New Zealand we celebrate it during Winter/Spring.
It takes its name from the fact that it is always celebrated in the middle of the autumn season. The day is also known as the Moon Festival, as at that time of the year the moon is at its roundest and brightest.
The August Moon Festival is an inherited custom of moon sacrificial ceremonies. The ancient Chinese observed that the movement of the moon had a close relationship with changes of the seasons and agricultural production. Hence, to express their thanks to the moon and celebrate the harvest, they offered a sacrifice to the moon on autumn days.
The Moon Cake is the special food of Mid-Autumn Festival. On that day, people sacrifice moon cakes to the moon as an offering and eat them for celebration. Moon cakes are round, symbolizing the reunion of a family, so it is easy to understand how the eating of moon cakes under the round moon can evoke longing for distant relatives and friends. Nowadays, people present moon cakes to relatives and friends to demonstrate that they wish them a long and happy life.
In addition, there are some other customs like playing lanterns, and dragon and lion dances in some regions.