Mid-Autumn Festival September 2019

Mid-Autumn (Moon Cake) Festival

The Mid-Autumn Festival, which is also called the Moon Festival or the Mooncake Festival, is celebrated in many East Asian communities during the eighth month, usually September, in the Chinese lunar calendar.  In China, it’s a reunion time for families.  The Mid-Autumn Festival is the second most important festival in China after Chinese New Year. Chinese people celebrate it by gathering for dinners and lighting paper lanterns.

The Mid-Autumn Festival has a history of over 3,000 years.  It was derived from the custom of moon worshiping during the Shang Dynasty (c.1600–1046 BC).  People have long believed that worshiping the moon and eating together around a round table will bring them good luck and happiness.

With this in mind a buffet luncheon to celebrate the “Mooncake Festival” was held at the CCAT Clubhouse on Sunday 8 September 2019, where around 120 diners gathered and were treated to a delicious buffet meal.  It was of course an opportunity for all diners to enjoy eating mooncakes with relatives and friends as a means of expressing love and best wishes.

To add to the festivities of the occasion there were excellent door prizes and the usual raffles drawn during the luncheon period.  Given the level of conversation and goodwill, it was evident that the luncheon was very much enjoyed by everyone, including quite a number of new members to the Association, in attendance.