It may not be as famous as Spring Festival, but the Mid-autumn festival is one of the most important festival to the Chinese. Once every year, families from every corner of the world head home during the festival. Together, they appreciate the beauty of full moon and share dinner featuring mooncake that stands for happy reunion.
Chinese believe a full moon symbolize good meanings such as peace, prosperity, and family reunion. That is the reason for the festival to be known as the"Day of Reunion" or the "Moon Festival".
The Mid-Autumn Festival has been celebrated by Chinese for over 3000 years, dating back to moon worship in the ancient Shang Dynasty (1600–1046 BC).
The origin of the festival has been guessed at and explained by different generations. But cohesively, it has been considered as such an important event that stories and legends on the festival are widespread, many ancient and contemporary poets have also written about the Mid-Autumn Festival.
Customs and Celebrations
Reunion dinner and mooncake are two of the most important component of the festival. Today, families from some parts of the country still celebrate meaningful traditional of making mooncakes together, and lighting up Kongming lanterns.
For more details, please go to:
Cultural China. (2014). Folk Arts and Festivities - The Mid-Autumn Festival.
China Highlights. (2014). Mid-Autumn Festival.