Ottawa, Ontario - October 4, 2017

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival:

“Today, I join Canadians of Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and Vietnamese heritage to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival.

“Also known as the Moon Festival, the Mid-Autumn Festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar, when the moon is at its fullest and brightest. It symbolizes a good harvest, and is a time to give thanks for the year’s successes.

“On this occasion, families and loved ones join together to light lanterns, exchange greetings and gifts, and share mooncakes. The festival is also a moment to celebrate the round moon, which represents family unity.

“Canada is a stronger and more prosperous country because of its diversity. As we mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation, we continue to honour the many cultures and communities that make Canada such a wonderful place to live.

“On behalf of our family, Sophie and I wish all those celebrating a happy Mid-Autumn Festival.”