China and throughout many Asian countries people celebrate
the Harvest Moon.
In China, it's traditionally on the 15th day of the eighth month of their
lunar calendar. As the date in the Western calendar changes annually, this year the Mid-Autumn festival falls on Wednesday, October 4, 2017.
In Chinese culture, people believe that on this night the moon is the roundest and brightest, signaling a time of completeness and abundance. Little surprise, then, that the Mooncake or Mid-Autumn Festival (Zhong Qiu Jie) is a joyous day of family reunions much like a Western Thanksgiving!
Throughout the Mid-Autumn Festival, children are delighted to
stay up past midnight, parading multi-colored lanterns into the wee hours as families take to the streets to moon-gaze.
It is also a romantic night for lovers, who sit holding hands on hilltops, riverbanks and park benches, captivated by the brightest moon of the year.
The festival dates back to the Tang dynasty in 618 A.D., and as with many celebrations in China there are ancient
legends closely associated with it.
Kong, Malaysia and Singapore, it's sometimes referred to as
the Lantern Festival, (not to be confused with a similar celebration
during the Chinese
New Year), but whatever name it goes by, the centuries-old
festival remains a beloved annual ritual celebrating an abundance
of food and family.
festival foods & festivities
foods for a Chinese Mid-Autumn feast are red for good
luck. Lobster and salmon are particular favorites along with
apples, pomegranates, roasted peanuts, pomelo, chestnuts,
fatt koh (sponge cakes) and moon
cakes (see photo, left.)
Web, learn more about Mid-Autumn
festival celebrations in the U.S. and around the world
and discover a rich source of food and
recipes of the season, festive e-mail greetings, along
with the colorful folklore, stories, music, poems and legends
associated with the Mid-Autumn Festival.