Chinese Moon Festival or Mooncake Festival
When is the Chinese Moon Festival? This holiday is held on the 15th day of the 8th Lunar month. September 29, 2023; September 17, 2024; October 6, 2025; September 25, 2026
The Chinese Moon Festival is one of the biggest annual holidays in China. It is also called the Mooncake Festival or Lantern Festival. According to Chinese legend, this is the birthday of the earth god “T’u-ti Kung.
Chinese Moon Festival, or the Mooncake Festival, is a celebration of the Autumn harvest. It occurs when the moon is the brightest and the highest in the sky. This celebration is one of the oldest holidays in the world, dating back thousands of years. Early celebrations included the worship of the moon as a god.
Today, the Chinese Moon Festival is celebrated as a national holiday in China and many other Asian countries. People take the day off from work. They view the moon. They cook and enjoy family and friends.
Making, giving, and eating mooncakes is a tradition on this day. Mooncakes pastries are thick and dense. They can be filled with a variety of things. Mooncake fillings are not usually sweets. It is often filled with beans, nuts, or seeds. Recipes vary.
Happy Chinese Moon Festival Day!
How to Celebrate the Chinese Moon Festival
- Observe the moon.
- Make and eat Mooncakes.
- Enjoy food with family and friends.
- Learn more about this holiday.
“By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.” – – Confucius
History and Origin of Chinese Moon Festival
The origin of the Chinese Moon Festival goes back over 3,000 years. It began during the Zhou Dynasty in China (1046 – 256 BC). The ancient Chinese worshiped the moon for providing a bountiful harvest.
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