The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival or 中秋節 in Chinese, is the second largest holiday in Taiwan. It is a harvest celebration and occurs when the moon is her biggest. So, this year that is today, September 25th.
The Mid-Autumn Festival is a national holiday in Taiwan. So, that is why we had the four-day weekend. However, Monday's work and classes will have to be made up this Saturday since Monday was not a national holiday.
To celebrate the Moon Festival, people share and eat mooncakes, BBQ with friends and family, and eat pomelos.
Mooncakes are traditionally round Chinese pastries about the size of a biscuit. (But, they taste nothing like a biscuit!) The outside is either flaky or soft, and then the middle is filled with . . .well, a filling. Fillings can range from a salted egg yoke to red bean to taro to green tea.
Another relatively new part of the Moon Festival celebration is to BBQ with friends and family. BBQ here is quite different than in the States. Namely--it is done on a much smaller grill and everyone is involved the whole time. Another major difference would be the food items on the grill. :) (Can you tell what's on the foil in the first pic below?)
Pomelos--a grapefruit-like fruit--are also part of Mid-Autumn Festival. Of course, you eat them, but you can also wear them on your head like a hat!
Happy Moon Festival!!