Tsukimi: Moon Viewing Festival (十五夜・中秋節・中秋の名月)
Tsukimi is a seasonal festival to enjoy the moon on the night of August 15th, on the Chinese calendar. In China, it is called “Mid-Autumn Festival” and is the second most important festival after Chinese New Year. On the evening of the Mid-Autumn Festival, families stay up late and get together to eat moon cakes and gaze at the moon.
In Japan, people decorate with silver grasses and offer rice dumplings to the moon in appreciation for the harvest of grains. The harvest moon is not always a full moon. During Tsukimi season in Japan, McDonald’s sells “Tsukimi burgers” which have sunny-side up eggs in them.
In Japan, it is said that there are rabbits on the moon. This is because the shape of the lunar crater looks like a rabbit pounding rice cake with a mortar and pestle. In Arabia, it is said that there are lions on the moon. What can you see in the moon in your country?
Pictures from 観月会(Moon viewing event) in Uchiko town, Japan.