By Nicholas Siu
The Mid-Autumn Festival is part of traditional culture in China and it is celebrated on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Han calendar. The ancient Chinese believed that the movement of the moon is directly related to agricultural production, and they expressed their appreciation to the moon by celebrating the harvest on the night of a full moon.
Centuries on, the Mid-Autumn Festival is a time of year when families gather together to have mooncakes and admire the moon just like their ancestors did. Mooncakes are a type of traditional Chinese pastry and the roundness of the mooncakes represents reunion and happiness.
This year, we recognized the Mid-Autumn Festival by inviting college students to come together to celebrate this occasion by providing mooncakes, lighting up candles and appreciating the beauty of the full moon. This is just one of the ways we hope to integrate international cultures into the Cheltenham College community.