The Chinese Student Association celebrated the Mid-Autumn Festival Thursday by offering mooncakes to Trojans.
The moon is at its roundest on the night of the Mid-Autumn Festival. During the celebration, families often gather around, break a mooncake in half and tell stories together.
Chinese mooncakes are internationally recognized for their unique tastes and round shapes that represent the moon. The most popular kind is made of sugary lotus seed with one salty yolk.
Aside from the fact that a lotus seed mooncake can contain 790 calories, a bite of the cake can bring a smile to those who grew up eating this particular kind of treat.
For some incoming freshman, this is the first time that they didn't spend the festival with their families said Yuki Yu, a staff member of the Chinese Student Association. The association "held the activity fair in hopes of bringing everyone together and make everyone feel at home with the Trojan family, " she said.
Those who celebrate the holiday but can't make it home might also buy mooncakes at local bakeries.
"We always get people from all around the world, just for mooncakes really. It brings a lot of business. We end up selling hundreds and hundreds of boxes, " said a supervisor of 85 Degrees Bakery in downtown LA.
The next Chinese holiday will be the Spring Festival and the Chinese Students and Scholars Association will hold a gala celebration.