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Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival
Sep 23, 2018

The Mid-Autumn Festival, a traditional Chinese festival, falls on August 15th. In the Lunar Calendar that is the middle of Autumn, which is how it gets its name. The official holiday in 2018 will be on September 24th.


In ancient times, the custom varied in different periods. In the Song Dynasty, all men and women, both adults and children, whether rich or poor, all of them put on adult clothes to burn incense and worship the moon, to express wishes, and to pray for happiness. In the South Dynasty, friends and families presented moon cakes to each other. Since the Ming and the Qing Dynasty, the customs on Mid-Autumn Festival were more popular. They kept traditions which included burning incense, admiring sweet Osmanthus flowers, setting towers alight, burning pagodas, performing the fire dragon, and displaying lanterns.

Today, some customs have disappeared in the city centers, but eating moon cakes and holding a banquet for families are important activities. Everyone prays for happiness in the future of the whole family.

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Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!

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