Culture: Exploring the Mid-Autumn Festival

What is the Mid-Autumn Festival?

The Mid-Autumn Festival (listen 中秋节 Zhōng Qiū Jié) celebrates the full moon (listen 月亮 yuè liang) on the night and gives thanks to the Autumn harvest.

When is the Mid-Autumn Festival?

The Mid-Autumn Festival falls on the fifteenth day of the eight month in the traditional Chinese lunar calendar.

In China, it is the second biggest festival after the Chinese New Year, also called the Spring Festival (listen 春节 Chūn Jié).

During this time, try saying in Mandarin:

listen 中秋节快乐! Zhōng Qiū Jié kuài lè! - Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!

How do Chinese people celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival?

Similar to most Chinese festivals, the Mid-Autumn Festival is a time for family reunion.

Family and friends come together on the day to watch the full moon and share dinner (listen 晚餐 wǎn cān).

In some communities, lanterns (listen 灯笼 dēng lóng) are hung for the festival too.

Why not try making your own Chinese paper lantern?

What do people eat for the Mid-Autumn Festival?

The food (listen 食物 shí wù) for the Mid-Autumn Festival is the mooncake (listen 月饼 yuè bǐng).

listen 月饼 Yuè bǐng are round pastries with rich, thick fillings and are usually accompanied with tea (listen chá).

Chinese mooncake
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