Throughout much of Eastern Asia, the successful harvest is celebrated when the moon shines bright in the sky. The Asian Mid-Autumn Festival is about bringing families together and goes by many names including Tet Trung Thu, Tsukimi and Chuseok. Traditions vary, but often family and friends celebrate the harvest of rice and wheat by eating special desserts like mooncakes, sharing stories, and hanging lanterns. The moon is an important part of the holiday, and it's common for celebrations take place at night to provide an opportunity to enjoy it.
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For more information about how the holiday is celebrated around the world, check out the Kelvin Smith Library's Asian Mid-Autumn Festival Resource Guide.