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The Mid-Autumn Festival


The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival, is an important traditional Chinese holiday celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month. It is one of the four major traditional Chinese festivals, alongside the Spring Festival (Chinese/Lunar New Year), Qingming Festival, and Dragon Boat Festival

The origins of the Mid-Autumn Festival can be traced back to ancient society in China. It was initially a harvest festival where people worshiped the moon deity and prayed for abundant crops and family happiness. Over time, the festival evolved into a time for family reunions, symbolizing togetherness and harmony.

One of the main activities during the Mid-Autumn Festival is moon-gazing. On this day, people admire the bright full moon as it is considered a symbol of reunion. Additionally, various celebratory activities take place, including lantern displays, flower appreciation, colorful lantern parades and of course eating mooncake. Mooncakes, a traditional pastry filled with various flavors like lotus seed paste, red bean paste, salted egg yolk, and nuts, are a central part of the festivities, symbolizing sweetness and unity.

The Mid-Autumn Festival is celebrated not only in China but also in other East Asian countries and some overseas Chinese communities, making it a cross-cultural celebration. Regardless of location, the Mid-Autumn Festival remains a special occasion to express family affection, celebrate reunions, and preserve Chinese culture and values.