Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival
The Chinese Mid-autumn Festival, also known as the Chinese Moon Festival and the Mooncake Festival, is a very popular traditional Chinese festival celebrated by the Chinese people all over the world. As one of the four most important Chinese festivals, the Mid-Autumn Festival was listed as a national intangible cultural heritage item in 2006 and was designated as a national public holiday by the Chinese government in 2008. The festival falls on the 15th day of the 8th Chinese lunar month when the moon is at its fullest and brightest, so the day is regarded as a time for family reunion. The festival of this year falls on September 25.
While some people prefer to stay at home,
others choose to go to the suburbs of the city for the holiday celebration.
Appreciating the Moon and Eating Mooncakes
On the day of the traditional festival in China, family members always get together to appreciate the full and bright moon, eat moon cakes and express their love and strong feelings for their family members and friends who live afar.
For Chinese people, a full and bright moon and a round mooncake are symbols of reunion and remind them of their hometowns and beloved families and friends.