Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival or Zhongqiu Festival, is a popular lunar harvest festival celebrated by Chinese and Vietnamese people. Asone of the few most important holidays in China, it falls on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month.
There are many tales about Mid-autumn Festival, among which Chang’e Flying to Moon is the most popular one. In order to protect Hou Yi (his husband)’s pill, Chang’e swallowed the pills up in the scuffle and as result flew to the moon. From then on, Hou Yi would look for Chang’e with cakes when the moon was round.
Since ancient times, Chinese emperors offered sacrifices to the sun in the spring and the moon in autumn. Sacrifice has been replaced by a simple appreciation of the moon and eating moon cakes or other delicious food today.
On the Mid-Autumn Festival, all family members or friends meet outside, putting food on tables and looking up at the sky while talking about life. How splendid a moment it is!
Welcome to China and explore the traditional folk customs of the interesting festival – Mid-autumn Festival!