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Mid-Autumn Festival (Moon) Festival in Taiwan

In many cultures, the moon is a popular subject, often associated with romantic characteristics. Its waning, waxing, bright shining or total disappearance has inspired poets around the world since early mankind started watching natural phenomena.

Chinese people celebrate the most beautiful full moon of the year around September, as a joyful gathering with family and friends. The legends behind tells about a beautiful woman, a rabbit, and a man on the moon who chops a laurel tree.

Chang-E is the name of a beautiful woman, who married Hou-Yi, the heroic shooter of nine suns out of ten, so there is only the one left that we see now. One day, Hou-Yi obtained a pill of immortality but Chang-E took it, swallowed it and flew to the moon. Here she lives, with the Moon Rabbit pounding the mortar, and a woodcutter relentlessly chopping a magic laurel tree, which immediately grows back to its original shape.

This year, the Mid-Autumn Festival takes place on 27 September. In Taiwan, it is another important day for a happy gathering with family and friends. Traditionally, delicious moon cakes and pomelos are consumed. The custom of giving moon cakes dates back to the early Ming Dynasty, when the pastry was used to secretly pass messages amongst the Chinese resistance against an upcoming threat by non-Chinese invaders; but nowadays, the tasty sweets are mostly a threat only for a healthy body shape. In recent years, it has become popular in Taiwan to have barbecues, so people will be out on the streets everywhere and enjoy their grilled food.

More information: Moon Festival 2015