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What to know about mooncakes

Cutting into a rich mooncake while having tea steeping as you admire the moon is just one way East and Southeast Asians celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, the Salem Statesman Journal, a USA TODAY Network publication, reports.

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.

What are mooncakes?

It’s common practice to have mooncakes during the Mid-Autumn Festival. Boxes of mooncakes 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 mooncakes as it is eating them. 

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