This year’s Mooncake Festival took place on Oct. 4 at the Hindsman Bell Tower where students from all cultures came together to celebrate the Mooncake Festival.
Jing “Nicki” Yang from the International and Multicultural Student Services Office said during the Mooncake Festival that this event happens when the moon “is the biggest for people to come together to eat mooncakes, drink tea and talk about their lives.”
Falling on the 15th day of the 8th month according to the Chinese lunar calendar, the Moon Festival is the second grandest festival after the Spring Festival in China, according to travelchinaguide.com. The day is also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival, as at that time of the year the moon is at its roundest and brightest.
Mid-Autumn 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.