Long ago, Chinese farmers welcomed fall as the year’s most bountiful season, harvesting by day and giving thanks at night under the shining full moon. The Mid-Autumn Festival—which occurs in September/October—dates back to the Tang Dynasty (618 to 907). It’s marked by three categories: gathering together, giving thanks, and praying. Those lucky enough to attend will witness displays of thousands of paper lanterns being lit, giant firework shows, and smaller joys, like chefs adding delicious mooncakes to menus around the city. Dragon Fire Dances are also an integral part of the celebrations. One of the largest is in Tai Hang, where more than 300 dancers move together, creating a 67-meter-long dragon that weaves through the streets breathing fire and smoke.
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