Chinese-Thai residents of Sattahip brought out the cake and romance to celebrate the Chinese Moon Festival.
Mayor Narong Bunbancherdsri presided over the Sept. 12 festival sponsored by the Sattahip Sawang Rojanathammasathan Foundation at its headquarters.
The Chinese Moon Festival, also known as the Mid-Autumn festival, is normally held on the 15th of the eight lunar month and is one of the most important traditional events on the Chinese calendar.
Thais of Chinese descent take part in the Chinese Moon Festival.
It is a festival full of legendary stories, such as one in which Chang Er flew to the moon, where she has lived ever since and supposedly been seen dancing there during the festival. It’s also an occasion for family reunions. When the full moon rises, families get together to watch the full moon, eat moon cakes, and sing moon poems.
It’s also a time for romance, when couples sit together under the moon or, if separated, look simultaneously at the full moon to bridge the distance between them.
The moon cake is the food for the Moon Festival. The Chinese eat the moon cake at night with the full moon in the sky.