The Chinese Moon Festival – Mid-Autumn Festival

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

Here comes that time again to prepare and eat Mooncakes. This is a popular harvest festival with a rich history that has been celebrated for about 3,000 years. On the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar which is around Mid-September, when the autumnal equinox of the moon showcases the magical beauty of the sky. This is the day when the moon shines at its fullest and roundest. It is an amazing event where farmers have the opportunity to celebrate the end of the harvesting season. All family members and friends gather in unity and eat mooncakes and pomelos and gaze at the moonlit sky. Along with this, some customs vary depending on regions where lanterns are carried, lit and some end up floating in the beautiful sky.Burning Incense is a tradition that reveres deities such as Chang’e , the Chinese goddess of the moon, and some family members collect dandelions and give them to each member of their family. This is a great moment that sets the mark for the upcoming season, the changes around the landscape will soon start to be noticed. This is an amazing way to cherish nature with the celestial beauty that is the moon and respect one of the objects that has always been here such as the moon.

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…

Have a great Zhōngqiū Jié (中秋節, 中秋节)!

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