Chinese Moon Festival

October 3, 2009

In ancient times, the emperors had the tradition of worshiping the Sun in spring, and the Moon in autumn.  The 15th of the eighth month according to the Chinese lunar calendar, is the date for the traditional Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival. The reason for celebrating the festival during that time is that it is the time when the moon is at its fullest and brightest. This year, it will be on  October 3rd (China Time Zone)

The Mid-autumn festival is one of the two most important occasions in Chinese calendar (the other being the Spring Festival or the Chinese New Year) and it is an official holiday. It is a time for families to be together, so people far from home will gaze longingly at the moon and think about their families.   So light a lantern and eat some moon cake!

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