The Mid-Autumn Festival falls on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month， usually in early September to early October of the Gregorian calendar with full moon at night. It is a time for family members and loved ones to congregate and enjoy the full moon - an auspicious symbol of abundance，harmony and luck.
The festival has a long history. In ancient China， emperors followed the rite of offering sacrifices to the sun in spring and to the moon in autumn. Historical books of the Zhou Dynasty had had the word "Mid-Autumn". Later aristocrats and literary figures helped expand the ceremony to common people. They enjoyed the full， bright moon on that day， worshipped it and expressed their thoughts and feelings under it. By the Tang Dynasty (618-907)， the Mid-Autumn Festival had been fixed， which became even grander in the Song Dynasty (960-1279). In the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties， it grew to be a major festival of China.
The Mid-Autumn Festival probably began as a harvest festival. The festival was later given a mythological flavour with legends of Chang-E， the beautiful lady in the moon.
According to Chinese mythology， the earth once had 10 suns circling over it. One day， all 10 suns appeared together， scorching the earth with their heat. The earth was saved when a strong archer， Hou Yi， succeeded in shooting down 9 of the suns. Yi stole the elixir of life to save the people from his tyrannical rule， but his wife， Chang-E drank it. Thus started the legend of the lady in the moon to whom young Chinese girls would pray at the Mid-Autumn Festival.
In the 14th century， the eating of mooncakes at Mid-Autumn Festival was given a new significance. The story goes that when Zhu Yuan Zhang was plotting to overthrow the Yuan Dynasty started by the Mongolians， the rebels hid their messages in the Mid-Autumn mooncakes. Zhong Qiu Jie is hence also a commemoration of the overthrow of the Mongolians by the Han people.
1）Eating Mooncakes 吃月饼
Mooncakes are traditional Chinese pastries eaten to celebrate the festival, which typically involves much giving, receiving, and eating of mooncakes.
2） Appreciating the Moon 赏月
In Chinese beliefs, the full moon is the symbol for a family reunion. Many famous ancient poets wrote poems about the moon and expressed their homesickness. Chinese family members have dinner together in the evening of the Mid-Autumn Festival.
3） Making Colorful Lanterns 做彩灯
Making colorful lanterns is a joyous activity between families and children. They make them in different shapes to be hung in trees or houses, or floated on rivers. Parks will also hang up colorful lanterns, which provide a beautiful view at night.
Happy Mid-Autumn Festival！中秋节快乐！
Mid-autumn day / Mid-autumn Festival 中秋节
mooncakes with meat 肉馅/月饼
moon cakes with nuts 五仁月饼
Mooncakes with egg 蛋黄月饼
grapefruit / pomelo / shaddock 柚子
lantern / scaldfish灯笼
Chang E 嫦娥
Hou Yi 后羿
the Chinese lunar calendar 中国农历
official holiday 法定假日
Do you like moon cakes？你喜欢吃月饼吗？
What kind of moon cakes do you like？你喜欢什么口味的月饼？
Happy Mid-autumn day！
Happy Mid-autumn Festival！
Happy Moon Festival！
Happy Mooncake Festival！