In pictures: The dazzling mid-autumn festival in Asia
THE mid-autumn festival is an East Asian harvest festival celebrated notably by the Chinese and Vietnamese people.
Held on the 15th day of the eight month of the lunar calendar (September 13, 2019) with the glorious full moon at night, the festival is celebrated to signify the end of the harvesting season but it also celebrates the overthrow of the Mongol warlords in ancient China.
In many parts of Asia, lanterns form a big part of the celebration, as they are to remind the people of the time they used lanterns as their only source of light. Kids in particular love this aspect of the festival and are often seen roaming around with lanterns in the shape of animals.
It is a dazzling spectacle, especially at night when the city lights are complemented by the colorful paper lanterns of all shapes, sizes, and colors displayed outside homes and shops or in street parades.
Take a look at what the mid-autumn festival in Asia has to offer:
Asian destinations you should consider visiting this mid-autumn festival: China, Vietnam, Malaysia, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, and the Philippines.