Family Reunion

A full and bright moon symbolizes completion, so the Mid-Autumn Festival is a day for family or dear ones to be together.

Traditionally on this day, families gather together to admire the bright moon and, after dinner, eat moon cakes with oolong or jasmine tea.

There is an important Chinese word, yuán mǎn (圓滿), which means consummation, completion, or fulfillment. It is made up of the first character in yuán yuè (圓月), or round moon, and the first character in mǎn yuè (滿月), full moon.

It is believed that the moment of completion should be enjoyed together by all family members—no part missing from the [full] moon and no one missing from the gathering.