The Mid-Autumn Festival is coming up again! The ritual is celebrated mainly in Chinese communities, a chance for families and friends to spend quality time together and enjoy the night view with roundest full moon.?The most common dessert to eat in this holiday is moon cake, sweet pastry that is filled with lotus paste and salted egg yolk while others contain red bean or fresh nuts. This year, the Mid- Autumn Festival will fall on October 1st. Grab your moon cakes and prepare to celebrate this holiday with beloved friends and family!

Let us enjoy this ancient poem by Shuidiao Getou (水調歌頭) by the Song dynasty poet, Su Shi.?

明月幾時有,把酒問青天。
Since when has the moon come about?
I drink to the question for the heavens.

不知天上宮闕,今夕是何年。
I wonder what era is it,
in the palaces above?

我欲乘風歸去,唯恐瓊樓玉宇,高處不勝寒。
The wind could take me back,
but the height and the atmosphere only
make me uncomfortable.

起舞弄清影,何似在人間。
The dance that I started to my moonlit shadows,
was just as heavenly.

轉朱閣,低綺戶,照無眠。
Over the red pavilion it went,
into the bedroom window it peeped.
I became sleepless.

不應有恨,何事長向別時圓。
I could not feel distraught
as I embraced the beauty of the parting moon.

人有悲歡離合,月有陰晴圓缺,此事古難全。
People have their ups and downs,
like the moon has its phases:
Such imperfection we call life.

但願人長久,千里共嬋娟。
As long as we can breath and eyes can see,
we shall enjoy the scenery with each other, together or apart.