Mid-Autumn Festival

mooncakeThe 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.

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