Celebrating Moon Festival [Mid-Autumn Festival] in Taiwan

The Moon During the Mid-Autumn Festival Last Year



The gathering of friends and family, the smell of barbecues lingering in the air, the giving and receiving [and often re-gifting] of moon cakes among colleagues, friends, and family, the careful cutting and artistic peeling of pomelos, the modeling of ‘pomelo hats’ by kids and the young at heart…!!

Yes!! All of the above signals the arrival of Moon Festival (often called Mid-Autumn Festival), a holiday that is looked forward to and enjoyed by Taiwanese.

The festival is rooted in ancient Chinese mythology and there are several variations to the story. It is celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar. This year it falls on Thursday, September 15th, 2016 (which is tomorrow if you haven’t noticed!!)


Pomelo Hat



Supermarkets and warehouse outlets take advantage of this festival to increase sales by lining their aisles with barbecue products and essentials. Extra room is made on the shelves and in the coolers and fridges for meat, drinks, veggies, and food commonly consumed while barbecuing during Moon Festival!

Bakeries and stores selling moon cakes give their products an extra push during this season by providing samples and attractive displays.

Pomelos are bought by the boxes and are shared amongst family and friends and are often given as gifts.

There is a buzz of activity everywhere. Long lines are the norm as shoppers buy barbecue items, moon cakes, and pomelos.

The Night Before Moon Festival – 2015!
The Night Before Moon Festival [2] – 2015!

So if you are in Taiwan during these next few days, barbecue to your heart’s content, eat pomelos while modeling a pomelo hat, and enjoy moon cakes containing red bean, egg yolk, or my personal favorite, ice-cream!!!

With the forecasted typhoon making its way towards Taiwan, I don’t know if the moon will shine as bright as it did last year, but I can guarantee you that you won’t have an empty stomach by the end of the evening.

Happy Moon Festival everyone!! 中秋節快樂! [Zhōngqiū jié kuàilè!]


9 thoughts on “Celebrating Moon Festival [Mid-Autumn Festival] in Taiwan

  1. Happy Moon Festival again! I can’t get over how cute your son is! He will definitely make the festival more fun! I’ve already got my mooncakes all set and I’ve got oranges (it’s strangely hard to find pomelo here). I absolutely love Mid-Autumn Festival! I can’t wait to someday spend it in Taiwan!

    Super random, but the typhoon in Japan has a worse name. Malaka, in Greek is a rather dirty word. My dad and I keep joking around about it now due to the name.

    Typhoons are scary though. I hope it doesn’t influence the celebrations all too much.

    My favorite mooncake would have to be the pineapple one as it tastes like those store bought Taiwanese pineapple cakes! I do love the red bean ones though. I’ve never had ice cream ones! I need to try that someday! Haha. There goes my diet.

  2. Happy Mooncake Festival, Constance! Your son looks adorable with the handmade pomelo hat! I’m sure he will enjoy the festivities very much. Maybe he will get to play with a lantern lit up 🙂 It sounds like lots of festivities are underway in Taiwan for the season, and good to hear you are spending it with close ones and family. It all sounds very cozy.

    Ice-cream with mooncake. You can never go wrong with that, lol. Here in Australia the Chinese grocery shops are all stocked up with mooncakes. It is very nice to see that 🙂

  3. Your son is pretty adorable (conceded the woman who is not a fan of babies).

    So is a pomelo a kind of melon? A pear? Or something else entirely? Andy never does anything about Chinese holidays. I guess it will be up to me to find some mooncakes…for the first time ever. 🙂

  4. OMG! It’s already the day before the Moon Festival. The moon looks gorgeous here tonight. I watched it rising over the trees while I was going the dishes.

    Pomelos are one of my favorite fruits. They’re especially nice to eat after dinner when there are enough people to share a big one and you can all sit around talking and peeling together.

    Your son is cute as can be, with or without his pomelo peel hat. My! He’s getting big.

  5. Hahaha, I love the pomelo wig!

    Mid Autumn Festival is not that big in China. There are no BBQs or pomelos, that I know of. Pomelos are eaten a bit later in the year I think. (I’m not a big fan).

    We do have mooncakes though. And moon watching. But the typhoon is here now and although it doesn’t exactly reach Suzhou, it’s raining non stop since yesterday so we can’t see the moon! Grrr!

    Hope you had a blast!

  6. Your little prince is a cutie pie. Sounds like a proper celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival in Taiwan.

    I spied mooncakes from HK at £35 for a box of four. There were also fruit snowskin mooncake from HK made from white beans at £23 for a box of four (special white beans, heh!!). No thanks. I then settled for a mini lotus mooncake, made locally and it was dreadful.

    Wishing your family and you a Happy Mid-Autumn Festival.

  7. This is the first year I managed to go home for the actual day dinner since working in another state, and of course it was also the first year when we decided not to have a nice mid autumn dinner on the actual day. I think since my grandma’s passing, we have all been lazy to keep up with tradition. Yikes. :/

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