Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today issued the following statement regarding the Mid-Autumn Festival celebration:
“Tonight, we join the Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean and Japanese communities in Canada and around the world to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival.
“For centuries, the Mid-Autumn Festival has been celebrated on the 15th day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar across Asia – when the moon is at its fullest and brightest.
“To mark the occasion, members of these communities will gather with loved ones to light colorful lanterns, share mooncakes, and exchange gifts and wishes under the full moon. The Mid-Autumn Festival is also a time to celebrate the importance of family, to give thanks for the successes of the past year and to look forward to the year to come.
“Today we celebrate and reflect on the diversity that Canada represents. Guided by their shared values of respect, generosity and caring, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean and Japanese Canadians are improving the lives of our communities. This is an opportunity to come together and discover the traditions that make up the richness and diversity of our communities.
“On behalf of our family, Sophie and I wish everyone celebrating a Happy Mid-Autumn Festival.”