Chinese Moon 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 2015 is on September 27. Chinese people will have a two-day holiday from September 26 to 27.
The Mid-autumn 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".
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.
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.
Mooncakes are traditional Chinese pastries generally eaten during the Mid-Autumn Festival. The festival typically involves family getting together to share mooncakes while watching the moon.
Chinese mooncakes are a traditional dessert of Mid-Autumn Festival, one of the most important festivals in China. They are round in shape, like the full harvest moon of Mid-Autumn Day, and typically measure around 10 cm (4 inches) in diameter and up to 5 cm (2 inches) in thickness. Most mooncakes consist of a pastry skin enveloping a sweet, dense filling.
Mooncakes are usually eaten in small wedges during the festival, and shared by family members. They are generally served with Chinese tea, and, very rarely, mooncakes are served steamed or fried.
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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.
It is a tradition for Chinese people to visit friends and relatives with gifts during the Mid-Autumn Festival. Therefore shops and department stores are not closed, and they always seize the opportunity to promote sales. They prepare decorations, entertainment, and promotional activities to attract customers weeks before.
Good discounts and special offers for some goods can be found in most department stores and shops during the festival.
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.