Moon Festival


Mid-Autumn Festival, one of the four traditional Chinese festivals.

Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as Moon Festival, Moonlight Festival, Eve, Autumn Festival, Mid-Autumn Festival, Moon Worship Festival, Moon Niang Festival, Moon Festival, Reunion Festival, etc., is a traditional Chinese folk festival. The Mid-Autumn Festival originated from the worship of celestial phenomena and evolved from the autumn eve of the ancient times. At first, the festival of "Jiyue Festival" was on the day of the 24th solar term "autumn equinox" in the Ganzhi calendar, and later it was adjusted to the Xia calendar (the 15th day of the eighth lunar calendar, and some places set the Mid-Autumn Festival on the 16th day of the Xia calendar. The Mid-Autumn Festival has had folk customs such as worshipping the moon, admiring the moon, eating moon cakes, playing lanterns, admiring osmanthus flowers, and drinking osmanthus wine since ancient times.

The Mid-Autumn Festival originated in ancient times and was popular in the Han Dynasty. It was finalized in the early years of the Tang Dynasty and prevailed after the Song Dynasty. The Mid-Autumn Festival is a synthesis of autumn hand seasonal customs, and most of the festival factors contained in it have ancient origins. The Mid-Autumn Festival is the reunion of the four trillion people of the moon, as a place to miss the hometown, the love of loved ones, and hope for a harvest and happiness, and become a rich and precious cultural heritage.

The Mid-Autumn Festival, the Spring Festival, the Ching Ming Festival, and the Dragon Boat Festival are also known as the four traditional Chinese festivals. Influenced by Chinese culture, the Mid-Autumn Festival is also a traditional festival for some countries in East and Southeast Asia, especially the local Chinese and overseas Chinese. On May 20, 2006, the State Council included the first batch of national intangible cultural heritage lists. Since 2008, the Mid-Autumn Festival has been listed as a national legal holiday.