Happy Mid-autumn day!
Happy Mid-autumn Festival!
Happy Moon Festival!
Happy Mooncake Festival!
mooncakes with meat 肉馅/月饼
moon cakes with nuts 五仁月饼
Mooncakes with egg 蛋黄月饼
grapefruit / pomelo / shaddock 柚子
lantern / scaldfish灯笼
Chang E 嫦娥
Hou Yi 后羿
the Chinese lunar calendar 中国农历
official holiday 法定假日
light lantern 点灯笼
carry the lantern around 提灯笼
fire dragon dances 火龙舞
came out to watch the full moon to celebrate the festival
gather to admire the bright mid-autumnharvest moon
The custom of worshipping the moon
worshippe the full moon
家庭团聚 / 家庭团圆
the custom of Mid-Autumn Festivalcelebration
The fifteenth of each month in the lunar calendar is the day of the full moon.
Mid-Autumn Day falls during the autumn equinox.
During this time, the days are especially bright and crisp and the sky is very clear, which makes it the perfect time to appreciate the moon’s beauty.
Chinese people, especially the poets, have a special emotion for the moon.
The affections they hold may surpass those of any other nations in the world, forming a special moon sentiment.
The sight of the moon can affect their emotions, and arouse their hopes and dreams for the future.
The full moon on the Mid-Autumn Day reminds people of their families and triggers their longing for a family reunion.
It is for sure a time for people to come home to see their parents and relatives.
During this full moon holiday, sacrificial offerings and moon-gazing are essentialcustoms.
On the night of the Mid-Autumn Day, people have fruits and moon cakes, the most round food is offered to the moon, while the rest is for the family to enjoy as theyappreciate the moon’s beauty.
Originally the moon cake was used only for sacrificial offerings during the Moon Ceremony.
Later it gradually became a symbolic food of the Moon Festival.
It resembles the full moon on the night of the Mid-Autumn Day, representing reunion.
After the entire family offers a sacrificial slice to the moon, they cut the rest in slices on the number of members of the family, including those family members who did not make it to the gathering.