• Festival honors the moon, celebrates family reunions

    Festival honors the moon, celebrates family reunions

    Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the most important traditional Chinese festivals, second only to the Lunar New Year, and it certainly has its share of legends.

  • Chinese celebrate holiday with activities, special food

    Chinese celebrate holiday with activities, special food

    Tradition calls for families to get together and observe the moon. Though mooncakes are commonly enjoyed across the country, different places mark the occasion with their own local food.

  • Mooncake makers try to preserve traditional methods

    Mooncake makers try to preserve traditional methods

    Mooncakes have a long history in China. Traditional moon cake making has been under threat for some time now. However, in East China’s Anhui Province, some moon cake makers are still sticking to tradition.

  • Top 10 destinations for mid-autumn day

    Top 10 destinations for mid-autumn day

    The Mid-Autumn Festival, the 15th day of the 8th lunar month, falls on September 19 this year according to the Gregorian calendar. On this traditional Chinese festival, besides eating moon cakes, enjoying the full moon with family and friends is also a must.

  • Mooncakes prepared for Mid-Autumn Festival

    Mooncakes prepared for Mid-Autumn Festival

    Workers pack mooncakes at a food plant in Yiwu City, east China´s Zhejiang Province, Sept. 11, 2013. Chinese have the tradition to eat mooncakes at the Mid-Autumn Festival, which falls on Sept. 19 this year.

Frugal Mid-Autumn Festival in 2013

People get creative as leadership calls for frugality

China is celebrating the annual Mid-Autumn Festival on Thursday. It’s traditionally held on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese lunar calendar.

High-end mooncakes see low sales during China´s Mid-Autumn festival

Mooncakes are small sweet treats commonly consumed during China´s Mid-Autumn festival. However, the festival falls this Thursday and sales of high-end mooncakes have been struggling in China.

Chinese officials told to set frugal example

A senior Communist Party of China (CPC) official has urged Party members to maintain a frugal lifestyle for the upcoming festivals and set an example against profligacy for ordinary people.

Mid-Autumn Festival     (Total votes:Loading
1.What do you usually do on Mid-Autumn Day?
Appreciating the moon
Eating mooncakes
Having family reunion dinner
Play with Mid-Autumn Lanterns
2.Which is your favorite mooncake flavor?
Five kernel
Sweet bean paste
Lotus seed paste
Egg yolk
Jujube paste
A Feast of Mooncakes
History and Origin of Mid-Autumn Festival

The custom of worshipping the moon can be traced back as far as the ancient Xia and Shang Dynasties (2000 B.C.-1066 B.C.).

In the Zhou Dynasty(1066 B.C.-221 B.C.), people hold ceremonies to worship the moon whenever the Mid-Autumn Festival sets in.

In the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279 A.D.), people send round moon cakes to their relatives as gifts in expression of their best wishes of family reunion.

Since the Ming (1368-1644 A.D. ) and Qing Dynasties (1644-1911A.D.), the custom of Mid-Autumn Festival celebration becomes unprecedented popular.

Legends of Mid-Autumn Festival

Chang E Ascending to the Moon

A long, long time ago, a terrible drought plagued the earth. Ten suns burned fiercely in the sky like smoldering volcanoes. The trees and grass were scorched. The land was cracked and parched, and rivers ran dry. Many people died of hunger and thirst.

Wu Gang Cutting the Cherry Bay

Wu Gang was a woodchopper. He always wanted to become an immortal, but he never tried his best to learn the necessary theurgy. The Jade Emperor got angry with him because of his attitude.

Zhu Yuanzhang and Moon Cake Uprising

The custom of eating moon cakes on Mid-Autumn Festival is said to have begun in the end of Yuan Dynasty(1271-1368). At that time,the general populace, faced with the unbearably cruel governing, rose up against the Yuan Government in succession.

The Jade Rabbit

One day, three immortals who were living in heaven came to the earth. They asked a fox, a monkey and a rabbit to find some food for them respectively. The fox and the monkey both found something for the three immortals while the rabbit got nothing.

Top things to do on Mid-Autumn Day

Appreciating the moon

Chinese family members have dinner together in the evening of Mid-Autumn Festival. After the dinner, they may talk about their work, the children, and their future plans. Sometimes, people go to a park to see the decorations made for the festival.

Eating Mooncakes

Eating moon cakes while watching the full moon is a centralpart of the mid-autumn festival throughout China, and is a symbol of familyunity. At the very beginning, the moon cakes were served as a sacrifice to the Moon.

Making Chinese Mid-Autumn Lanterns

There is no big lantern party during Mid-Autumn Festival, but children like making colorful lanterns very much. They make lanterns of different shapes and let them float on the rivers. They don´t leave the riverside until the light of the lanterns disappears.

Poems on Mid-Autumn Festival

Drinking Alone under the Moon
-- Li Bai

Amid the flowers, from a pot of wine
I drink alone beneath the bright moonshine,
I raise my cup to invite the Moon who blends
Her light with my Shadow and we’re three friends.
The Moon does not know how to drink her share;
In vain my Shadow follows me here and there.

Looking at the moon and thinking of one far away
-- Zhang Jiuling

The moon, grown full now over the sea,
Brightening the whole of heaven,
Brings to separated hearts
The long thoughtfulness of night
It is no darker though I blow out my candle.
It is no warmer though I put on my coat.
So I leave my message with the moon
And turn to my bed, hoping for dreams.

The Midautumn Festival
Tune: "Prelude to Water Melody"
-- Sushi

How long will the full moon appear?
Wine cup in hand, I ask the sky.
I do not know what time of the year
´Twould be tonight in the palace on high.
Riding the wind, there I would fly,
Yet I’m afraid the crystalline palace would be
Too high and cold for me.
I rise and dance, with my shadow I play.
On high as on earth, would it be as gay?