When I first heard about the moon festival in 2007, I asked a Taiwanese classmate: what is so special about the moon? She said that the Chinese people believe the moon is brightest and roundest on this day than any other days in the year. She further went on to say the event is sometimes called the mid-autumn festival and Chinese families would come together, organize barbecue and eat the famous moon cake.
My interest was intrigued by her responses - especially when she mentioned about the moon cake- and then I wanted to know about the festivity. Guess what I did!  I quickly resorted to the famous google search to endeavour to know more about the festival which all my Taiwanese classmates were talking about and looking forward to the day. There, I learnt that the moon festival date back to the Tang Dynasty and that there are a lot of ancient and interesting legends associated with it.
This year, I was not surprised about the moon festival rather I was also looking forward to the day as I was particularly interested in seeing the euphoria surrounding it. As our dormitory management staff decided to help international students to be part of the bigger Taiwanese community, we were also promised of a small-sized festival to be attended mainly by foreign (“waigouren”) students. The message on the bulletin board reads: “sign up if you want to have a moon cake; everyone will get a moon cake” on the moon festival day. But because our festivity, at the dormitory level, was scheduled between 21:00pm and 22:00pm, I decided to take a walk around Tienmu and Shepai area to see people’s reactions and confirm (at least to some extent) what I read about the festivity on the internet. I saw a lot of families barbecue along corridors, verandas and other convenient places. In some instances, I saw people looking up the sky in search of the “roundest and brightest” moon in 2010. The moon festival in the Xi-an dormitory took an international dimension; internationalisation of the moon festival. Most of us in attendance were all international student. Although there was no barbecue, each of us had a moon cake and other foods and drinks (including tea) were served. It was like a small buffet party. During the merrymakings, each us was given an opportunity to introduce him/her self. Next was the internationalisation of the moon festival: two of our Latino classmates danced to their cultural music for us. That was great.

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