FOOD & DRINK
09/08/2014 03:10 pm ET Updated Sep 20, 2014

Here Are 5 Photos Of Mooncakes To Get You All Excited For The Mid-Autumn Festival

Any good holiday has a tasty treat at the center of the celebrations. During the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, it's all about the mooncakes.

The annual celebration of the harvest -- most widely celebrated by Chinese and Vietnamese people around the world -- occurs each year on the 15th day of the eighth month of the Chinese calendar. This year's celebration falls on Sept. 8 and happens to coincide with a harvest moon and the last "Supermoon" of the season.

"Traditionally, the Mid-Autumn Moon Fest was about reunions and time where families get together," Wei Shang, professor of Chinese Culture at Columbia University, told The Huffington Post Monday. "The symbol of the moon looms larger in the Chinese imagination."

With mooncakes as the most recognizable part of festivities -- which include hanging lanterns, Cassia wine and worship of the moon goddess -- here's what you should know about the celestial sweet:

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