Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!
The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival or Zhongqiu Festival is a popular harvest festival celebrated by Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese people, dating back over 3,000 years to moon worship in China’s Shang Dynasty. It was first calledZhongqiu Jie (literally “Mid-Autumn Festival”) in the Zhou Dynasty. In Malaysia, Singapore, and the Philippines, it is also sometimes referred to as the Lantern Festival or Mooncake Festival.
The Mid-Autumn Festival falls on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month, usually in September or October in Gregorian calendar.
It is September 12th for the holiday this year in 2011.
The Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the few most important holidays in the Chinese calendar. And is a legal holiday too in mainland China.
Farmers celebrate the end of the fall harvesting season on this date.
In Taiwan, since the 1980s, barbecuing meat outdoors has become a widespread way to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival.
There are some famous stories about the Mid-Autumn Festival.
- Houyi and Chang’e
- The Hare or The Jade Rabbit
- Wu Gang and the Cherry Bay
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Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!
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