The Asian Moon festival or Mid Autumn Harvest festival.
This year (2019) the Festival will be on September 13th.
Different continents seem to have their own versions of the same celebrations and obviously the Asian Moon festival is a version of a Harvest festival.
Sort of an Asian Thanksgiving.
Legend of The Jade Rabbit
There are many legends about the Moon festival however the one that I remember being told is the Legend of the Jade Rabbit which goes a bit like this.
“The story goes about that three immortals reincarnated themselves into three poor old people and begged food from a fox, a monkey and a rabbit. The fox and monkey both gave food to the immortals. However, the rabbit did not have any food. It then said to the immortals: “you can eat me” and jumped into the fire. The immortals were so moved by the rabbit and sent it to the moon to become an immortal jade rabbit.”
Of course living in Asia it was a great excuse to join in another celebration and eat delicious, specialty cakes in the form of Moon cakes.
Moon cakes are sweet, stuffed pastries.
So Just Fine Designs has put out a range of designs on invitations, party accessories and Moon cake boxes to help celebrate your Harvest Festival.
5 Things to Do at Moon Festival
1) Gather with family and friends
As the Mid-Autumn Festival represents the reunion of families, families will have dinner together on that night.
2) Make colorful lanterns
Making colorful lanterns is a happy activity between families and children.
3) Moon Bathing ( or Moon Watching )
When people look at the moon, it reminds them of their families and homeland.
4) Tell stories
Retell the story of the Jade Rabbit.
5) Eat Mooncakes
The cake is traditionally cut into pieces that equal the number of people in the family.
Happy Moon Bathing