The Mid-Autumn Festival, or Mooncake Festival, is an important festival in China. It falls on the 15th day of the 8th lunar calendar. In 2021, the Mid-Autumn Festival falls on September 21st.
The traditional food eaten during the Mid-Autumn Festival is the mooncake which is round and symbolizes reunion. Gathering with families, eating mooncakes, and appreciating the fullest and brightest moon, the Mid-Autumn Festival is a grand time for family reunions.
Mid-Autumn Festival History
The Mid-autumn Festival boasts a history of thousands of years, which has developed and formed. The festival was first celebrated to give thanks for a bountiful harvest.
The ancient emperors used to worship and offer sacrifice to the full moon in autumn. Afterward, noblemen and scholars would admire the moon on the Mid-Autumn Festival, expressing their thoughts and feelings.
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Mid-Autumn Festival Stories
There are quite a few stories associated with the Mid-Autumn Festival, the most popular are the legend of the Chang'e, Jade Rabbit, and Wu Gang. Some of them are tragic but romantic, some of them are interesting and instructive.
Like all popular legends, the story changes depending on the social reality. Here we've listed three popular stories about the Chinese Moon Festival.
- The lady on the Moon - Chang'e
- Rabbit on the Moon - Jade Rabbit
- Wu Gang Chops the Tree
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Interesting Facts for the Mid-Autumn Festival
1. The Mid-Autumn Festival has several names.
2. The Mid-Autumn Festival date changes every year.
3. The Mid-Autumn Festival is not only a Family Reunion Day but also a Valentine's Day.
4. The full moon does not definitely occur on Mid-Autumn Day.
5. The right way to eat mooncakes is sharing with the whole family rather than eating one's own.
6. Giving Wechat red envelopes becomes a new way of celebration.
7. Chinese people have a 3-day public holiday during the Mid-Autumn Festival
8. China is not the only country to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival
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How to Celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival
Customs of the Mid-Autumn Festival focus on thanksgiving and family reunions. The most common traditions are eating mooncakes and appreciating the moon. Besides, ethnic minorities across China have their own unique customs.
Here are how you can slow down to enjoy the Mid-Autumn Festival during your tour in China.
- Appreciate the Bright Full Moon
- Reunite with Your Family
- Eat Mooncakes
- Light and Hang up Lanterns
- Worship the Moon
- Enjoy Fiery Dragon Dances
- Go for a Short Trip
- Give Digital Red Envelops via WeChat App
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Top Places to Celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival in China
The Mid-Autumn Festival falls on September 21st in 2021, which is the best time to visit China.
Compared with the extremes in winter and summer, the temperatures are milder in autumn. The most glorious thing is to spend time out of doors and enjoy the sight of the golden autumn.
A good place to celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival should be wide and open, high, or somewhere with water.
The customs of the Mid-Autumn Festival vary across China, there are different ways to celebrate it. Why not start your tour in China by exploring the mystery of the Mid-Autumn Festival?
We've listed the top 8 places for you to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival in China for you.
Tips for Traveling in China During the Mid-Autumn Festival
- Book Transport and Accommodation in Advance
- Pack According to Wide Weather Variations
- Buy Some Special Festival Souvenirs and Gifts
- Be Careful of Poisonous Snakes and Insects Outdoors
- Be Careful of Pollen Allergies
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