By Yaomin Pan
Together with the Chinese exchange students, Olivia, Charlene, Sheryl, Isabella, and their teacher Jenny, we the Chinese students went to the China Buffet in Newburyport to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival on Sep 26.
Although many Americans might not know about the Mid-Autumn Festival, it is in fact the second most important traditional event for the Chinese. The Mid-Autumn Festival is usually on the 15th of the 8th lunar month; also known as the Moon Festival, it is deeply embedded in traditional Chinese culture. Just like Christmas and Thanksgiving in the West, the Moon Festival is one of the holidays when family members get together, share their recent experiences, and interchange thoughts.
Various myths behind the Mid-Autumn Festival make it romantic; the legendary stories such as the fairy who lived on the moon, the rabbit that accompanied her, and the cherry bay that would never shrivel inspired numerous Chinese poets to write down beautiful poetries in the ethereal moonlight.
The moon cake is the food for the Moon Festival. The Chinese eat the moon cake at night with the full moon in the sky, praying for the unity and happiness of the families.
It was speical to celebrate this important holiday with friends and the exchange students!