Mid-Autumn Festival

Mid-Autumn Festival

Sep 20, 2018

2018 Mid-Autumn Festival falls on September 24th (Monday). The holiday in China starts from September 22 to 24, 2018.

"When the moon is full, mankind is one." Now it is again the time when Chinese people enjoy the Mid-Autumn Festival (Chinese Moon Festival), an important traditional festivity second only to the Spring Festival. Mid-Autumn day is a time when people celebrate the the harvest, enjoy the getting-together with families and friends and appreciate good food and the most beautiful moon.


Mid-Autumn Festival is an inherited custom of moon sacrificial ceremonies. The ancient Chinese observed that the movement of the moon had a close relationship with changes of the seasons and agricultural production. Hence, to express their thanks to the moon and celebrate the harvest, they offered a sacrifice to the moon on autumn days.

Mid-Autumn Festival This custom could be traced back to the Zhou Dynasty (1046 - 256 BC) and was more often practiced by the royal class on the Autumnal Equinox. At that time, the custom had no festival background at all. Later in the Sui (581 - 618 AD) and Tang (618 - 907 AD) dynasties, social prosperity inspired the custom of appreciating the moon on the moon sacrifice ceremony day among common people and the two merged. The people expressed their faith more liberally than the royal class and so they did not strictly hold their activities on the Autumnal Equinox. So the 15th of the 8th lunar month, the closest full moon day to the Autumnal Equinox, turned out to be a better choice and was set as a fixed festival. By the time of the Northern Song Dynasty (960 - 1127 AD), Mid-Autumn Festival had already become a widely celebrated folk festival. 

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