The Mid-Autumn Festival

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The Mid-Autumn Festival

Celebrated by moongazing, eating mooncakes, dragon dancing, lanterns. and sacrifices. Some believed that the moonlight offers fertility, so infertile women sometimes bathe in the moonlight hoping to become pregnant, but that tradition is not practiced anymore.Playing with rabbit figurines is no longer tradition during the Mid-Autumn Festival.

The Mid-Autumn Festival


The Mid-Autumn Festival is a holiday that people all over Asia celebrate; countries such as China, Vietnam, Taiwan, Korea, and many others. As the Lunar Calendar is based on the moon’s cycles, people are able to predict the dates for the upcoming years. In 2014, the holiday will fall on September 8, and in 2015, the holiday will fall on September 27. The Mid-Autumn Festival is held on the 15th day of the eight month in the Chinese calendar on a full moon. This causes the date to change every year in the Gregorian calendar since the Chinese calendar is shorter

Moon Cake


LegendsYi's wife flies into the moon because she found the pill her husband hid when he was rewarded it for destroying one of the ten suns.The rabbit sacrificed itself as food for the three magic men As a reward, the rabbit was granted imortality and life on the moon as the Jade Rabbit.Wu Gang followed the immortals into heaven. While there, he made a mistake and was banished from heaven. As a punishment, Wu Gang now spends his days chopping down the infinite laurel tree.

There are many foods that are eaten during the annual festival. Foods such as moon cakes which are filled with lotus seed paste or egg yolk. Here is a video of the moon cakes being made:

My favorite legend is of the Jade Rabbit because the rabbit was nice enough to kill itself to feed others.

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