The enemy will either have to traverse the deep moat, or circumnavigate its boundary whilst continuously receiving incoming fire from Hakka archers safely ensconced within the fortified structure.
This festival was organised to highlight the historical association between the Hakka people and their practice of Chinese Ch’an Buddhism, and to explore the many different aspects of Hakka culture and Ch’an Buddhist practice. Another important aspect was to encourage cross-straits Hakka Ch’an Buddhist cultural interaction between Meizhou, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao.
Within Hakka areas of China, the celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival is also known as ‘Eighth Lunar Month’ and ‘Mid-Eighth Lunar Month’ Festival. During the Mid-Autumn Festival, Hakka people not only eat Moon Cakes, but also gather together to share the tradition of watching the Full Moon, and many other unique cultural activities.
From a young age many Hakka people join religious groups, be they Buddhist or Christian, etc. This is not because Hakka people are overly religious (as a rule Hakka people are more practical than religious), but rather as an insurance policy for a place to live in the after-life (should such an after-life exist).