This Chinese equivalent to the
West's Harvest Moon Festival is one of the loveliest nights
of the year. Part of the celebrations commemorate a 14th-Century
uprising against the Mongols when rebels wrote the call to
revolt on pieces of paper and embedded them in cakes which
they smuggled to compatriots. Today, during the festival,
people eat special sweet cakes known as "Moon Cakes"
made of ground lotus and sesame. Along with the cakes, shops
sell coloured Chinese paper lanterns in the shapes of animals,
and more recently, in the shapes of aeroplanes and space ships.
On this family occasion parents allow children to stay up
late, and take them to high vantage points to light their
lanterns and watch the huge autumn moon rise before eating
their moon cakes. Public parks are ablaze with many thousands
of lanterns in all colours and sizes and shapes.
In this section we will look
at other countries of how they celebrate their Harvest Festival.
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