The Mid-Autumn Festival is related to the moon, which is very important in China. There is a long history. On The Mid-Autumn Festival, the moon is at its largest and roundest in a year.
Why is it called Mid Autumn Festival?
when is mid autumn festival?The Mid-autumn Festival (or Zhong Qiu Jie in Mandarin), also known as the Mooncake Festival, falls on the 15th day of the eighth month for china lunar calendar. Why is it called Mid Autumn Festival? It is called the Mid-autumn Festival because the 15th day is the middle of a month, and the eighth lunar month is in the middle of autumn.
Why is the Mid Autumn Festival so important to the Chinese?
1.The Mid-Autumn Festival is a national holiday for the Chinese. Chinese people increasingly love to travel during their holidays to escape from the busy days.
2.The Chinese believe that the moon symbolizes gathering, and those who travel far can think of their hometown when they see the moon. The moon on the M
id-Autumn Festival is particularly large and round, representing beauty.
3.The moon means the god of love in Chinese mythology. Yue Lao is the Chinese Cupid. It is suitable for young people to find their own partner during the Mid-Autumn Festival.
4.The weather is cool on the Mid-Autumn Festival, and the Chinese will feel a good harvest
5.There are many customs in the Mid-Autumn Festival, you can eat moon cakes, crabs and other delicious food
What do you eat on Mid Autumn Festival?
1. Mooncake – the Most Popular Mid-Autumn Festival Food
2. Osmanthus Cake – Delicacy Made from Seasonal Flowers
3. Osmanthus Wine – Sweet and Happy Life
4. Hairy Crab – Popular in South China
5. Fried River Snails – A Specialty of Guangzhou
6. Duck – More Nutrition and Best Taste in Autumn
7. Taro – Bringing Good Luck
8. Pomegranate – More Kids and More Blessings
9. Pomelo – Standing for Beatitude
10. Pumpkin – Standing for Good Health
Why do Chinese eat mooncakes?
The mooncake is not just a food. It’s a profound cultural tradition deep in Chinese people’s hearts, symbolizing a spiritual feeling. When should you eat mooncakes?At Mid-Autumn Festival people eat mooncakes together with family, or present mooncakes to relatives or friends, to express love and best wishes.
What is the story of Mid Autumn Festival?
The Moon Festival legend about Hou Yi and Chang E is always told to children at this time. Once upon a time, there were ten suns in the sky, scorching many crops and people to death. The Emperor of Heaven summoned Hou Yi to shoot down nine of the suns. Hou Yi succeeded, the weather soon recovered and life was saved. Hou Yi was rewarded with the elixir of immortality. While Hou Yi was still on the Earth, he met Chang E, they fell in love and were married.
Hou Yi wanted to spend his life with Chang E forever, so he went to the Western Queen Mother to ask for the elixir of life. For the good deeds that Hou Yi had performed for the Earth, the Western Queen Mother agreed to give him the elixir, sufficient for two people, half each. Hou Yi returned home and told his wife. They decided to drink it together on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month when the moon was round and bright. But a wicked man named Feng Meng overheard them and wanted the elixir for himself.
On the 15th day, before Hou Yi returned home from hunting, Feng Meng went to Hou Yi’s home and forced Chang E to give him the elixir. She knew that she could not defeat Feng Meng so, with no other choice, she drank the elixir all by herself. When Hou Yi came back, he found that his wife had been lifted to Heaven. Chang E decided to live on the Moon because it’s closest to the Earth. Hou Yi looked up at the moon and put the foods Chang E used to love in the garden as a sacrifice. Thus, people started admiring the moon on this day. Later, Chang E and Hou Yi came to represent the yin and yang respectively (the moon and the sun).
What do you do during Mid Autumn Festival?
1. Having Dinner Together — Happy Family Reunion Time
2. Eating Mooncakes — The Most Representative Tradition
3. Appreciating the Moon — a Symbol of Family Reunion
4. Worshiping the Moon — a Disappearing Tradition
5. Making Colorful Lanterns — Children’s Favorite Activity
6. Giving Gifts — to Friends, Relatives, and Staff
7. Sending Celebration Messages — to Those Who Are Far Away
8. Short Distance Traveling — a New Fashionable Custom
9. Shopping — Popular Among Young People
10. Watching Movies — for Those Who Don’t Have Any Other Ideas
when is mid autumn festival origin?
The Mid-Autumn Festival has a history of over 3,000 years. It was derived from the custom of moon worshiping during the Shang Dynasty (c. 1600–1046 BC). After that, it was first celebrated as a national festival during the Northern Song Dynasty (960–1127).