The mid-autumn festival, one of the biggest festivals in China, dates from 3000 years back to the Shang dynasty when people thanked the Moon god for a bountiful harvest. This year, the festival is approaching in all its glory on September 24th. Given the grandeur of the festival, celebrations of the Mid-Autumn festival will echo all over the world – especially in Canada (due to the large Chinese population settled in the country).  On this day, the moon will be the center force bringing families and friends together over its admiration. While the joy of the occasion will be the same across the world, the celebrations will be at divergence with respect to different geographic locations. This is how celebrators around the world, especially in Canada (1.60 million Chinese population) indulge in Mid-Autumn festivities.

Followers in China celebrate Mid-Autumn festival by reuniting with family members over dinner. They dine indoors over popular T.V. shows. Whereas in Canada, followers head outdoors, embrace the moon, and then relish moon cakes while gazing at the moon – a philosophical way of reuniting with their families as the moon symbolizes reunion.

In China, different regions have their own unique set of festivities to celebrate Mid-Autumn festival. In addition to mooncakes, which are popular all over China, Tangyuan (Chinese dessert) is a delicacy which is savored in the north-eastern part of the nation. On the other hand, Canada is a highly multicultural country, witnesses a blend of all styles of celebrations to honor the significance of the festival.

Also, children in China celebrate the Mid-Autumn festival with their families. However, many International pupils in Canada, living independently, celebrate the occasion with their close friends.

Regardless of the differences in the celebrations, the moon’s radiance will shine the same on all its followers. Because at the end of the day, what matters is not the distance, but the yearning to be together and the love for one another.