The Mid-Autumn Festival is a festival celebrated notably by the Asian people. The festival is held on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar with a full moon at night, corresponding to mid-September to early October of the Gregorian calendar.
From where does Mid-Autumn Festival come from?
One story goes that Chinese emperors in the Zhou dynasty (1045-221 BC) worshipped the moon in autumn to bring a bumper harvest the following year; while another story holds that the moon goddess Chang’e overindulged on an elixir and flew to the moon with her jade rabbit companion.
The common customs of the Mid-Autumn Festival include family members eating dinner together, just like a Thanksgiving dinner, sharing mooncakes, worshiping the moon with gifts, displaying lanterns, and regional activities.
Why do we eat mooncake during the mid- autumn festival?
In Chinese culture, roundness symbolizes completeness and togetherness. A full moon symbolizes prosperity and reunion for the whole family. So, people usually eat mooncake together with family, or present mooncakes to their relatives and friends, to express love and best wishes. Mooncakes are usually made of a rich paste filling surrounded by a thin crust, are traditionally eaten while sipping tea and gazing upon the roundest, brightest moon of the year after a mid-Autumn family dinner.
Why do people display lanterns?
As ubiquitous as the mooncake, lanterns have been associated with the festival since the Tang dynasty, possibly because of their traditional symbolization of fertility. The lanterns also serve a practical purpose of lighting the way as friends and family stay up to appreciate the full moon late into the night.
So, how do you and your family celebrate mid-autumn festival?