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Mid-Autumn Competition 中秋節 (or Moon Competition) has been marked in East Asia for millennia. It is tied to the fifteenth day of the eighth lunar month and arrives this 12 months on September 21. It’s a conventional time for households to collect. All Chinese language know the story of Chang’e 嫦娥 stealing the drugs of immortality and fleeing to the moon. Houston flight management mentioned the legend with the Apollo 11 astronauts simply earlier than their 1969 moon touchdown (095:17:28). Chang’e is the identify used since 2007 for China’s lunar missions.    

Mooncakes are the celebrities of the mid-autumn pageant. The spherical pastries are full of quite a lot of gadgets. They symbolize reuniting, sharing with household and mates. Mooncakes are standard presents and, because the chart beneath reveals, gross sales are rising in China. And past. Right here within the U.S., grocery shops catering to these of East Asian ancestry prominently characteristic quite a lot of mooncakes. Pallets of them will be discovered at Costco. Walmart and Amazon promote moon cake molds.

We on the USC U.S.-China Institute want your loved ones loads of mooncakes and a cheerful, protected reunion (whether or not in particular person or digitally)!

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