China's Mid-Autumn Festival is traditionally celebrated on the fifteenth day of the eighth lunisolar month (see Mid-Autumn Festival Dates), which is in September or October. Mid-Autumn Festival 2013 is on September 19. Chinese people will have a three-day holiday from September 19 to 21.
The festival is the second most important festival after the Spring Festival to Chinese people. Every year, when the festival comes people go home from every corner of the country and the world to meet their family and have dinner with them, admire the full moon and eat mooncakes.
Chinese people believe a full moon is a symbol of peace, prosperity, and family reunion. On Mid-Autumn Festival night the moon is supposed to be the brightest and fullest, which is why the festival is also known as the"Day of Reunion" and the "Moon Festival"
Mid-Autumn Festival Facts
- Name in Chinese: 中秋节 Zhongqiujie /jong-chyoh-jyeah/
- Importance: the second most important (traditional) Chinese Festival after Chinese New Year
- Date: the 15th day of the 8th month of the Chinese Calendar
- Popular food: mooncakes
- Celebrations: admiring the full moon, eating mooncakes
- Origin: A harvest festival with origins in moon worship.
- History: Over 3,000 years
- Greetings: The simplest is "Happy Mid-Autumn Festival" (中秋快乐).
- Most Famous Mid-Autumn Festival poem: "The Moon Festival" (水调歌头 'Water Tone Song') by Su Shi (苏轼)
About Mid-Autumn Festival
History and Culture
The Mid-Autumn Festival has a history of over 3,000 years, dating back to moon worship in the ancient Shang Dynasty (1600–1046 BC). It has been considered as such an important day that many peoms were written about it, stories and legends on the festival are widespread, and its origin has been guessed at and explained by generations of Chinese.
Customs and Celebrations
Many traditional and meaningful celebrations are widely held in China and China's neighbour countries, like having dinner with family, making mooncakes, and lighting up Kongming lanterns.
Top Places to Celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival in China
The Mid-Autumn Festival is a family celebration and usually many outdoor activities are arranged especially for the event. On the evening of a Mid-Autumn Festival, families stay up late and get together eating moon cakes and gazing at the moon.
If you want to take part, invite a few friends and check out places to celebrate the festival in the following cities: Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Hangzhou, to celebrate the festival. China Highlights' Mid-Autumn Festival tours allow you to have an authentic Chinese festival as the Chinese people do.
Celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival in China's Neighboring Countries
In many China's neighboring countries, Mid-Autumn Festival is widely celebrated, like Japan, Vietnam, and Singapore. Many interesting activities with unique local features are held in memory of their relatives and hometowns.