Mid-Autumn Festival Dates in 2017, 2018…

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival 2017
Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival 2017

Mid-Autumn Festival is held on the 15th day of the eighth month of the Chinese calendar, which is in September or early October on the Gregorian calendar.

In 2017 it takes place on Wednesday October 4th.

Dates of Mid-Autumn 2017–2022

Years Dates  Day
2017 October 4 Wednesday
2018 September 24 Monday
2019 September 13 Friday
2020 October 1 Thursday
2021 September 21 Tuesday
2022 September 10 Saturday

In the next 30 years, Mid-Autumn falls as early as September 8 (2033) and as late as October 6 (2025).

An 8-Day Holiday for the Chinese!

In 2017, the one day of "official public holiday" for Mid-Autumn falls during the National Day week holiday, which is therefore extended by one day. People in China are set to enjoy an October 1–8 break.

All sights, restaurants, and shops will be open to take advantage of the tourism peak.

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It's Mid-Way Through the Third Season

The date of the Festival is the middle of the autumn season, according to the Chinese calendar. The third lunar season "autumn" is months 7–9.

As the four seasons each have three (29 or 30 day) months on China's traditional calendars, day 15 of month 8 is "the middle of autumn".

For the Full Moon

On the 15th of the each lunar month, the moon is at its roundest and brightest, symbolizing togetherness and reunion in Chinese culture.

The harvest moon (the full moon at Mid-Autumn, closest to the fall equinox) is traditionally believed to be the brightest of the year.

For Harvest Celebration

Month 8 day 15, is traditionally the time rice is supposed to mature and be harvested. So, people take this festival as an opportunity to celebrate the harvest and worship their gods to show their gratitude.

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