The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival or Mooncake Festival or Zhongqiu Festival, is a popular lunar harvest festival celebrated by Chinese people. This year's Mid-Autumn Festival falls on Sept. 30.
Mid-Autumn Festival is a special occasion for overseas Chinese to keep their heritage alive and introduce the younger generation to a celebration that can be traced back to the Xia Dynasty.
- Houyi and Chang'e
Houyi and Chang'e Celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival is strongly associated with the legend of Houyi, his student Feng Meng, and Chang'e, the Moon Goddess of Immortality.
- The Hare or The Jade Rabbit
- Overthrow of Mongol rule
|Official name||Zhōngqiū Jié (中秋节)|
|Also called||Moon Festival
|Observed by||Chinese, Taiwanese, Vietnamese|
|Significance||Celebrates the end of the fall harvest|
|Date||15th day of the 8th lunar month|
|2012 date||September 30|
|2013 date||September 19|
|Observances||consumption of mooncakes, worship of deities (Chang'e)|