‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’: What is Moon Watching Day?


The Animal crossing The franchise has a long history of incorporating real vacations and events from around the world. Since the release of Animal Crossing: New Horizons in 2020, Nintendo continued to add events to the game’s annual calendar. For September 2021, New Horizons has two events happening simultaneously: Moon-Viewing Day and Chuseok. What happens during these celebrations in real life?

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Moon-Viewing Day celebrates the autumn moon

According to NHK Educational, Moon-Viewing Day is a Japanese holiday that honors the autumn moon “on the 15th day of the 8th month of the old lunar calendar,” which today translates to mid-September and early October. . The holiday dates back to Heian times, when aristocrats gathered outside to celebrate the beauty of the autumn moon with poetry and music.

“The full moon is considered especially beautiful in mid-fall when the air is crisp and clear,” says NHK Educational.

Moon-Viewing Day also includes various offerings to the spirits of the moon. Dango, or white cakes made from rice flour, are common, as are miscanthus grass and taro potatoes, depending on the region.

‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ Introduces New Items To Honor Moon Watching Day

September 2021 marks the second year Animal Crossing: New Horizons celebrates moon watching day. In 2020, Nintendo came up with a gray moon-shaped rug to honor the holidays; that same rug is back in 2021. Additionally, from September 12 to 21, players can order Dango and Moon Cakes from Nook Shopping through the Resident Services kiosk or player cell phones if the feature has been unlocked. .

Here’s Nintendo’s description of the Moon-Viewing Day event, according to Animal Crossing World:

Viewing the moon has long been a tradition, but our heavenly neighbor is all the more beautiful because it hangs in the sky at this time of year. Please consider [these commemorative dango and this commemorative moon rug] a memory of an event.

Celebrated in parts of Asia, the 15th night of the 8th month – according to the lunisolar calendar – has a harvest moon. This is when the full moon is perfectly situated for observation. How about moon cakes?

The game also celebrates Chuseok at the same time

Chuseok, a Korean holiday, also takes place in Animal Crossing: New Horizons from September 12 to 21. For this event, players can purchase Songpyeon, or “steamed rice cakes cooked on a bed of pine needles,” according to Nintendo.

Chuseok, also known as Korean Thanksgiving Day, is a harvest festival that typically lasts three days, as the Asia Society notes. Families gather in their hometowns to celebrate their ancestors with traditional festivals. Chuseok is also a public holiday for exchanging gifts between relatives, friends and colleagues.

The September calendar in Animal Crossing: New Horizons isn’t too busy, but the game also celebrates the harvest festival throughout the month, with a harvest basket based on Spanish, Italian, German and French traditions. In the northern hemisphere, September 1 also marks the first day of the fall season with pine cones and acorns.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is available now on Nintendo Switch.

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