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Living in Season: Mid Autumn Moon

By Waverly Fitzgerald

August and September are usually the hottest times of the year here in Seattle, so I’m really looking forward to one of the coolest festivals of the year, the Mid Autumn Moon Festival, celebrated on the full moon closest to autumn equinox, the moon that we in the West call the Harvest Moon, because it falls at the time of the harvest when the brightness of the moon allows the harvesters to work in the fields late into the night.

In China, the mid-Autumn moon is the first full moon in the dark or feminine half of the year and so it is celebrated by women, getting together in courtyards to honor the moon. Li-chen quotes a Peking proverb: “Men do not bow to the moon. Women do not sacrifice to the God of the Kitchen.”

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