The Definations -
Mid-Autumn Festival is also known as Harvest Festival,
which is one of the most well known Chinese Festival none
other than the moon festival
The Date -
The date of Mid-autumn Festival also known as Chinese Moon
Festival is on the 15th moon day of 8th Chinese lunar month
(Chicken month). Since the new moon day is the first day of
a Chinese Lunar Month. The first day of 8th lunar month in
the year 2009 is 19th September 2009, the Moon Festival is
on 3rd October 2009.
This is a day to worship the moon god. According
to folk legend, this day is also the birthday of the earth
god (T'u-ti Kung). This festival signals that the year's hard
work in the fields will soon come to an end, with only the
harvest left to attend to. People use this opportunity to
express their gratitude to heaven (represented by the moon)
and earth (symbolized by the earth god) for the blessings
they have enjoyed over the past year.
The Chinese believe in praying to the moon god for protection,
family unity, and good fortune. The round "moon cakes"
eaten on this festival are symbolic of family unity and closeness.
Pomelos are also eaten on this day. The Chinese word for "pomelo"
or "grapefruit" is yu, which is homophonous with
the word for "protection," yu, expressing the hope
that the moon god give them protection. Moon gazing is another
essential part of this festival. On this day, the moon is
at its roundest and brightest. This is also a time for lovers
to tryst and pray for togetherness, symbolized by the roundness
of the moon. Unlike most other Chinese festivals, the Mid-Autumn
Festival is a low-key holiday, characterized by peace and