How Taiwanese Celebrate this festival?
Mid autumn festivel or “Tiong Chiu Jiet” is a Harvest festival daw, They usually celebrate this occasion every 15th day ng August sa lunar calendar ng may full moon sa gabi and if im not mistaken, this year late September to Early October siya ginanap. And kapag dumadating itong special occasion na ito, the government will give them 3days holiday or more, it still defend on the lunar calendar if how many days lalabas ang full moon.
They have 2 ways to celebrate this festival
If you happen to go to Taipei ng buwan na ito you can see a lot of families and relatives gathering outside their house celebrating this holiday by doing barbecue party outside their house or sa labas ng mga store. Its their tradition to do Barbecue party outside to see the moon.
Base on my experience, we had a chance to celebrate with our Taiwanese friend with his family and friends. Those Taiwanse people are so nice to us kahit hindi kame masyadong nag kakaintindihan because of their language, we really enjoyed with they’re company. The food was so delicious, they grilled beef, pork, chicken, oyster’s and some vegetables, they treat us so well and It’s kinda pinoy style din kung mag BBQ party. nakakatuwa one of them offer me to eat “Bayabas” or “Guava”, naalala ko lang bigla in Philippines we just climb the bayabas tree of our neighbors just to eat this fruit then distribute to our friends. Then go back to the topic, theyre guava is so big para ka lang kumakain ng green apple. and it was a very nice memorable experience for us.
Eating Moon cake
Sabi nila the round shape of moon cake ay nag si-symbolize daw ng unity para sa mga Chinese family at Mid Autumn festival kaya nag sasama sama silang mag kakapamilya..
Sa mga nakaraang taon madaming new flavors na lumabas nito, but the traditional flavor daw is “Roast pork” and Five kernel. Yung salted egg na nilalagay sa gitna ng cake it symbolize the moon.
There are several countries who also celebrate Mid autumn Festival
Japan, Thailand, Sout Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam and also here in Philippines. This Mid autumn Festival influence by the Chinese culture, However they different way’s to celebrate the festival.
Japan お月見 (Otsukimi)
They eat glutinous rice cake in japan or “mochi”.
They offer peach shapes cake in this occasion.
In South Korea they also called this occasion as “Thanks giving day”, they offer muffins for the occasion and gather with their families and relatives.
The “moon cake” is also popular in Malaysia in this Festival, and they have parade with lantern.
They also eat “moon cake” and have some competition who can make the most beautiful lantern. They also have Lion dance performance na ginaganap sa ibat ibang lugar ng selebrasyon.
You can see all Chinese town here in Philippines decorated with some lanterns and banners, especially in China Town in Manila, They also offer imported moon cakes here and makakapanood ka ng mga dragon dance sa daan.
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