A mixed nuts mooncake, actually called "five types" in Chinese. The characters on top translate to, "full moon, happy family."

Cutting into a rich mooncake while having tea steeping as you admire the moon is just one of the ways East and Southeast Asians celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival.

The Mid-Autumn Festival celebrates the end of the autumn harvest in line with the full moon. In accordance with the Lunar calendar, it occurs on the fifteenth day of the eighth month. Because it is based on the Lunar calendar, its Gregorian calendar date changes every year. The holiday also is called the Mooncake festival in Chinese, and similar Mid-Autumn festivals celebrated include Tsukimi in Japan, Tết Trung Thu in Vietnam, and Chuseok in Korean.

Mooncake basics

It’s common practice to have mooncakes during the Mid-Autumn Festival. Boxes of moon cakes are given out as gifts before and during the Mid-Autumn Festival. It’s as much fun to pick among the elaborately decorated boxes of moon cakes as it is eating them. 

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