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The August Moon Festival or
Mid-Autumn Festival (Chinese characters above) is one
of the most celebrated Chinese holidays. It is held on the
15th day of the 8th lunar month. Chinese legends say that
the moon is at its brightest and roundest on this day. Based
on the Gregorian calendar, this year's August Moon Festival
will be held on September 12.
The August Moon Festival is often called
the Women's Festival. The moon (Chinese character on right)
symbolizes elegance and beauty. While Westerners worship the
sun (yang or male) for its power, people in the Far East admire
the moon. The moon is the 'yin' or female principle and it
is a trusted friend. Chinese parents often name their daughters
after the moon, in hope that they will be as lovely as the
In fact, many ancient August Moon folktales
are about a moon maiden. On the 15th night of the 8th lunar
moon, little children on earth can see a lady on the moon.
And on this magical occasion, children who make wishes to
the Lady on the Moon will find their dreams come true.
Families get together to eat mooncakes
and celebrate the end of the harvest season. Scholars write
poems about the moon. This night is also made for romantic
rendezvous. Friendships are made and renewed. No wonder the
August Moon Festival has a special meaning to all who believe
in the mystical powers of the moon.