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.

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Which of the following do you like best about Mid-Autumn Day?
Mooncakes
Family reunion
Enjoying the moon
Lanterns and lantern riddles
Others
What's your plan for the upcoming 8-day holiday?
Shopping
Spending time with family
Travel
Hanging out with friends
Working
Others

Stories and Traditions

- 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

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Mid-Autumn Festival
Official name Zhōngqiū Jié (中秋节)
Also called Moon Festival
Mooncake Festival
Lantern 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)

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