Mid-Autumn Festival

What is the Mid-Autumn Festival?

The Mid-Autumn Festival is, arguably, the second most important festival after Chinese New Year and was originally a harvest festival. The name of the festival refers to the fact that it always falls in the middle of autumn. It is also known as the Moon Festival, because the moon is fullest and brightest at this time of the year. In Chinese culture, the moon is a symbol of unity and harmony.

When is the Mid-Autumn Festival?

Mid-Autumn Festival dates back more than 3,000 years. It is celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th month according to the Chinese lunar calendar. This is normally at the end of September or the beginning of October.

Below you will find the dates of Mid-Autumn Festival (Moon Festival) in the coming years.

Year

Date

2014

Sep 8

2015

Sep 27

2016

Sep 15

2017

Oct 4

2018

Sep 24

2019

Sep 13

How do the Chinese celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival?

The Mid-Autumn Festival is a time for family and friends to reunite. Each year, people will travel home to meet and to have dinner with their loved ones, and to appreciate the beautiful full moon together while eating moon cakes.

Moon cakes are a very important part of this festival. They are small, baked cakes and are only eaten around the Mid-Autumn Festival. The cakes are round and symbolize the full moon, peace and the reunion of families. Moon cakes come in various flavors according to the region. Fillings include lotus beans, duck eggs and red bean paste, but in recent years, modern variants with chocolate and ice cream have appeared.

Moon cakes are given to relatives and friends as presents before and during the Mid-Autumn Festival, with wishes of a long and joyful life. Besides that, lantern shows are normally a big part of Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations, and it is a time to decorate with lanterns of all kinds.

Today, many Chinese people will have three days off work, and some shops may be closed during these days.

What can I do to create a similar atmosphere?

Decorations

• Prepare your own moon cakes by cutting a normal cake into a round shape and cover it in icing.
• See our signage bank for a written greeting in Chinese. 
• Lighting or hanging Chinese lanterns as decoration can create the atmosphere and special feeling of the Moon Festival. Lanterns can be bought in some of the Asian markets in Denmark.

Greetings

• Happy Mid-Autumn Festival – Chinese pinyin: Zhōng qiū kuài lè中秋快乐

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