The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, issued the following statement on the celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival today:
“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 throughout Asia on the 15th day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar – when the moon is at its fullest and brightest.
“To mark the occasion, members of these communities will light colorful lanterns with their loved ones, 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 to the coming year with optimism.
“Today, we celebrate and reflect on the diversity that Canada represents. Inspired by our shared values of respect, generosity and care, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean and Japanese Canadians are making lives better for our communities .
“On behalf of our family, Sophie and I wish everyone a very Happy Mid-Autumn Festival.”