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Falling on the 15th day of the 8th month according to Chinese lunar calendar, the Mid-Autumn Festival is the second grandest festival after the Spring Festival for Chinese people. It takes its name from the fact that it is always celebrated in the middle of the autumn season. For centuries, it has been a time when families get together to celebrate the abundance of a good harvest and to eat moon cakes while gazing at the full moon. Why? Chinese people believe a full moon is a symbol of peace, prosperity, and family reunion. On Mid-Autumn Festival night the moon is supposed to be the brightest and fullest, which is why the festival is also known as the "Day of Reunion" and the "Moon Festival".

2013 Mid-Autumn Festival falls on September 19. People enjoy one day off on that day. The National Museum of Natural Science will host an evening program in collaboration with Environmental Protection Administration, Executive Yuan, R.O.C. and Taichung City Government at the welcome plazas of the Museum's Human Cultures Hall and Conservatory. The Mid-Autumn event which contains pop show, star gazing, environmental education act, and lottery draw will run from 4:30pm to 9pm. We hope you join us and help spread the word!