Origin and customs of Mid-Autumn Festival


中秋

There are many traditional festivals in China, and the Mid-Autumn Festival is undoubtedly one of the most important traditional festivals.It is on the fifteenth day of the eighth lunar month of each year.

Mid-Autumn Festival has a history of over 3,000 years, dating back to moon worship in the Shang Dynasty (1600–1046 BC). It’s such an important festival that many poems were written about it, stories and legends about the festival are widespread, and its origins have been guessed at and explained by generations of Chinese.

The mid-autumn festival has all interesting history. For example, one of In ancient Chinese myths and legends, there were originally ten suns in the world. They appear in the sky one by one, bringing light to the earth. But suddenly one day, ten suns appeared in the sky together. The river was dried up by the heat of the ten suns, and the earth was burned by the heat of the ten suns everywhere was barren. At this time, a powerful archer Hou Yi shot nine suns with his bow and arrow and saved the world.Then, in order to thank Hou Yi, people gave him an”Elixir of Life”. Hou Yi loved his wife Chang’e so deeply, so they gave the Elixir of Life to Chang’e. After Chang’e ate it, he flew to the moon and became the moon god. Since Chang’e flew to the moon on the night of the fifteenth day of the eighth lunar month, girls always worship the moon god on that night. Slowly, it evolved into the Mid-Autumn Festival

嫦娥奔月

On that night, families eat moon cakes and enjoy the glorious full moon; the moon cake is round and looks like the full moon.

moon cake

This is a reunion festival. We will all gather together for dinner and enjoy the moon on this day. So this is a warm holiday

 家人月下团聚

Happy Mid-Autumn Day! Wish that you go well and have a successful and bright future.

—-HONGDEFA TEAM