Thursday, September 23, 2010


The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival is a popular harvest festival celebrated by Chinese people, dating back over 3,000 years to moon worship in China's Shang Dynasty.  It is also sometimes referred to as the Lantern Festival or Mooncake Festival.
It is a date that parallels the autumnal equinox of the solar calendar, when the moon is supposedly at its fullest and roundest. 

The Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the few most important holidays in the Chinese. Farmers celebrate the end of the summer harvesting season on this date. Traditionally on this day, Chinese family members and friends will gather to admire the bright mid-autumn harvest moon, and eat moon cakes under the moon together also carrying brightly lit lanterns. 

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