Mid-Autumn Festival and Mooncakes with SoundEagle
The Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋節), also known as the Moon Festival, Chinese Lantern Festival, Mooncake Festival or Zhongqiu Festival, is a popular lunar harvest festival celebrated by Chinese and Vietnamese people on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar, which is in September or early October in the Gregorian calendar, close to the autumnal equinox. The Government of China listed the festival as an “intangible cultural heritage” in 2006, and it was made a Chinese public holiday in 2008. It is also a public holiday in Taiwan. Similar holidays are celebrated in Japan (Tsukimi), Korea (Chuseok), Vietnam (Tết Trung Thu), and other countries in East and Southeast Asia. In 2022, the festival falls on the 10th of September.
Being one of the most important holidays in Chinese culture, the Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋節) is comparable in popularity to Chinese New Year. Its history can be traced back over 3,000 years. The festival is held on the 15th day of the 8th month of the Chinese lunisolar calendar with a full moon at night, corresponding to mid-September to early October of the Gregorian calendar. On this special day, the Chinese believe that the Moon is at its brightest and fullest, coinciding with harvest time in the middle of Autumn. Lanterns of assorted sizes and shapes are carried and displayed as symbolic beacons that illuminate people’s path to prosperity and good fortune. Mooncakes, made from a rich pastry typically filled with a combination of sweet beans, egg yolk(s), nuts, meat and lotus-seed paste, are traditionally consumed as a delicacy or dessert during this festival.