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Chinese Conversation Clips – Mid-Autumn Festival

English translation of video content:

Chris: What kind of holiday is the Mid-autumn Festival?

Becca: Mid-autumn Festival is also one of the Chinese traditional festivals. It’s on August 15th in Chinese lunar calendar each year, when the moon is considered to be the most round.

Chris: It’s the most round that day.

Becca: Yes, because it is in the middle of the month. The moon is the most round on the 15th of the eighth lunar month, and the eighth month is in the middle of autumn, so this day is considered to be the day when the moon is the most round.

Chris: So what activities are there during Mid-autumn Festival?

Becca: Mid-autumn Festival is also a moment for family members to reunite, have a reunion dinner and to celebrate together. The biggest activity is admiring the full moon.

Chris: What does “admiring the full moon” mean?

Becca: Enjoying the full moon, and then eating moon cakes in the moonlight.

Chris: What are moon cakes?

Becca: It is the same with moon cakes. You may find that every Chinese festival is related to food and eating.

Chris: There are always different kinds of food.

Becca: Yeah, moon cakes are the typical food eaten during the Mid- Autumn Festival. Moon cakes are made in a round shape, like the moon, and they are baked with different flavours of filling inside, like a kind of dessert, actually a sweet baked biscuit (cookie).

Chris: What about you? Do you think moon cakes taste good? I’ve heard that some people are not particularly fond of moon cakes.

Becca: Because moon cakes are too greasy, and highly sweet, very sweet, so maybe we can only taste a little. So for some friends who want to lose weight, they would not like to eat much.

Chris: People who want to lose weight or are older may not like to eat food with a strong taste.

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