Happy Mid-Automn Festival to all of you!

As some of you may already know, today is Mid-Automn Festival in China, or 中秋節 in Chinese.

The Mid-Automn Festival is the second most important holiday in China after Chinese New Year and it’s thus celebrated by China and many other Asian countries. The festival is held on the 15th day of the 8th month of the Chinese lunisolar calendar with a full moon at night, and lanterns of all sizes are carried and displayed then. They represent beacons bringing light to people’s path to prosperity and good fortune.

Lanterns for the Mid-Automn Festival

People traditionally eat moon cakes during that festival, which is based on the legend of Chang’e – 嫦娥 – the Moon Goddess. Personally, I love eating those moon cakes and like their shapes. They look like the one below.

That’s a typical Moon cake or 月饼

As such, people celebrate the Moon, offerings are made to the Moon Goddess. An important part of the festival lies in Moon worship indeed. The ancient Chinese believed that rejuvenation was associated with the moon and water.

That day is also a choice occasion to celebrate marriages. Girls would pray to moon in order to find a nice and romantic husband. In certain places, balls may take place for men and women to meet and dance together.

Anyway, it’s a great day to rejoice and celebrate the Mid-Automn festival with friends and family. I hope you’ll have the chance to eat some scrumptious moon cakes in a get-together. May your wishes come true !