The Chinese Moon Festival – 22nd of September 2010

The Chinese love to celebrate, when they do celebrate, they do it with their heart and soul!

The Chinese Moon Festival is a very interesting cultural experience. It is also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival or the Moon Cake Festival. It is the third major festival in the Chinese calendar. It takes place on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month. At this time, the moon is in its fullest and brightest state and also has a very unique yellow color. That is why during this day, the Chinese admire the moon’s light and eat food in the shape of the moon, mostly the so called moon cakes. They meet their closest friends or gather in the family’s circle as the full moon is perceived as a reunion of the family members.

The Chinese Moon festival is a very important and popular event in many countries, which have a high percentage of Chinese population. Apart from China, you can take part in this event as well in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore. The way of celebrating differs from region to region. In Taiwan, for example, people organize a barbecue all day long and in any possible place. In Vietnam, this festival is known as Tet Trung Thu and has its own legends and customs.

The dragon dance is another way the Chinese celebrate the middle of autumn. At this period, the acrobats dance in dragon costumes while performing an official dragon dance. The Chinese calendar is the essence of Chinese culture. It is a lunisolar calendar, combining elements of a solar calendar with those of a lunar one.

Would you like to eat the moon cake at night with the full moon in the sky? If you missed the festival this year, book a date for next year, or find a place near you to celebrate it. This event takes place also in some cities such as San Francisco, Toronto or Montreal as well as other cities with a large Chinese population. However, the best way to feel the real atmosphere of this event is to celebrate the Chinese Moon Festival with a real Chinese family. Or to spend a romantic night tasting the wonderful moon cake and sipping some wine while watching the full moon…



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