The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival, or Zhongqiu Jie in Chinese, is a popular harvest festival celebrated by not only by Chinese people, but Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese people celebrate it as well, dating back over 3,000 years ago to moon worship in China's Shang Dynasty.
The Mid-Autumn Festival: Traditions and Customs
MooncakeFestival is held on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar, which is usually around late September or early October in the Gregorian calendar. In 2009, this festival is on October 3, whenhe moon is supposedly at its fullest, brightest and roundest. Farmers celebrate the end of the summer harvesting season on this date.
Chinese moon cake festival is one of the few most important holidays in the Chinese calendar, and is a legal holiday in several countries. Traditionally on this day, Chinese family members and friends will gather to admire the bright mid-autumn harvest moon, and eat moon cakes and pomelos together.