What is the Moon Festival? A scholar of Chinese religions explains
These traditional delicacies are readied in anticipation of the festival, observed on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month. This is a time for family and friends to gather, watch the full moon and eat mooncakes and other delicacies. Other festivity highlights include public lantern displays, dance parties, traditional performances and worship of the moon goddess and other deities.
Because of the central theme of family reunion, sometimes the festival evokes comparison to Thanksgiving in the U.S.