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Mid-Autumn Festival 2016

About Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as Chinese Moon Festival, takes place at the 15th day of the eighth Chinese lunar month. The reason for celebrating the festival during that time is that it is the time when the moon is at its fullest and brightest.

2016 Mid-Autumn Festival will be on September 27, and the China public holiday for this festival lasts for three days from September 6th to September 8th.

The Mid-autumn festival is one of the two most important occasions in Chinese calendar (the other being the Spring Festival or the Chinese New Year) and it is an official holiday. It is a time for families to be together, so people far from home will gaze longingly at the moon and think about their families.

The traditional food for mid-autumn festival is the moon cake which is round and symbolizes reunion.

  • Name in Chinese: 中秋节 Zhongqiujie /jong-chyoh-jyeah/
  • Importance: the second most important (traditional) Chinese Festival after Chinese New Year
  • Date: the 15th day of the 8th month of the Chinese Calendar
  • Popular food: mooncakes
  • Celebrations: admiring the full moon, eating mooncakes
  • Origin: A harvest festival with origins in moon worship.
  • History: Over 3,000 years
  • Greetings: The simplest is "Happy Mid-Autumn Festival" (中秋快乐).
  • Most Famous Mid-Autumn Festival poem: "The Moon Festival" (水调歌头 'Water Tone Song') by Su Shi (苏轼)

History and Origin of Mid-Autumn Festival

Celebration of Mid-autumn festival has a long history. In ancient times, the emperors had the tradition of worshiping the Sun in spring, and the Moon in autumn. The word "Mid-Autumn" first appeared in the famous ancient book "Zhou Li" (The Zhou Rituals, a book telling the rituals in the Zhou Dynasty). However, it was not until the early Tang Dynasty that the day was officially ... [more]

Legends of Mid-Autumn Festival

Almost every traditional Chinese festival has a connection with legends. The most well-known stories of the Mid-Autumn Festival is Chang'e flying to the moon, Jade Rabbit making heavenly medicine, and Wu Gang chopping the cherry bay. Those stories have been passed down from generations to generations alongside the celebrations of the festival itself. Today for young children, listening to ... [more]

Customs of Mid-Autumn Festival

Gazing at the Moon is an ancient tradition from the Zhou Dynasty (around 500 BC) when people held ceremonies to welcome the full moon, with huge outdoor feasts of moon cakes, watermelons, apricots, apples, grapes and other fresh fruits. The popularity of this ancient tradition began to grow during the Tang and Song Dynasties when people of high rank held banquets in their big courtyards. They drank fine wine, watched the moon and listened to music. Common people who could not afforded as big parties as the rich would lay some food such as moon cakes and fruits on a table in the courtyard and pray to the moon for a good harvest. This underwent a great rise during the Song Dynasty, and historical documents tells about mid-autumn night in the capital, where people would stream to the night markets and together with their families admire the beauty of the full moon. There are also many classic songs and well-known verses about this tradition ... [more]

How to make your own mooncake

Main Ingredients:

250g Icing Sugar;
125g Rice flour (fried);
50g Crisco;
a few drops banana essence;
110g cool water (boiled);
a few drop green coloring;
1kg Red bean paste or lotus paste;
Salted egg yolk (optional)

Method:

1) Sift the rice flour and the icing sugar into a mixing bowl. Mix them well.
2) Mix the water, coloring and banana essence thoroughly.
3) Make a well in the centre of the flour. Pour in the liquid mixture and crisco.
4) Stir quickly with a wooden spoon. Keep the dough aside for 20 to 30 minutes.
5) Cut the dough into small round pieces.
6) Prepare the filling into small balls.
7) Put a portion of the filling into the centre of the dough and seal it up.
8) Roll it with some fried rice flour and place the dough into the mold, press it.
9) Let the dough out of the mold carefully. You have a mooncake.

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