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At every autumnal equinox joyous sounds of celebration echo across Asian nations around the world in honor of the Mid-Autumn Festival, or Moon Festival. The Moon Festival resembles the American celebration of Thanksgiving. It takes place on the 15th day of the 8th month in the lunar calendar, when the moon is its brightest and most beautiful in the night sky.

The full moon symbolizes reunion; as a result, families and friends come together on this traditional holiday to enjoy one another’s company, gaze at the moon, dance, and of course, eat. Individuals enjoy a wide array of customary dishes, particularly, the moon cake. Typically made of flour and egg and filled with fruit, beans, nuts, or sweet paste, moon cakes are round, representing the full moon.

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