Mid-Autumn Festival is traditionally celebrated on the fifteenth day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar. It is the second most important festival after the Spring Festival in China.
The Mid-Autumn Festival is a family celebration as well as “Day of reunion”. And it is also known as “Children’s Day, “Harvest Day”, Chinese Thanksgiving” and “Lantern Day”.
The Mid-Autumn Festival has a history of over 3,000 years, dating back to moon worship in the ancient Shang Dynasty. It has been considered as such an important day that many poems were written about it and stories and legends on the festival are widespread, among which the myth about Chang ’e and her jade rabbit interest people most.
Many traditional and meaningful celebrations are widely held in China, like having dinner with family, making moon cakes, lighting up Kong Ming lanterns and admiring the full moon. Those are implemented by generations of Chinese to Chinese people.
Mid-Autumn Festival is also widely celebrated in china’s neighbor countries, like Japan, Vietnam, and Singapore. Many interesting activities with unique local features are held in memory of their relatives and hometowns.
Those are my simple descriptions of the Mid-Autumn Festival. I wish that the festival would be more and more prosperous and colorful
with the changing society.