What is the Mid-Autumn Festival Zhōngqiūjié 中秋节 in China?

The Mid-Autumn Festival (Zhōngqiūjié 中秋节) means family reunions (tuánjù 团聚) for the Chinese. The festival is celebrated when the moon is believed to be the largest or at its fullest.

The full moon is seen in China as a symbol of prosperity, happiness and harmony.

During the festival, the Chinese enjoy different types of “moon cakes” (yuèbǐng 月饼)
along with hot Chinese tea.


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The Mid-Autumn Festival has a history of over 3000 years, and it is a festival that can be dated back to moon worship in the Shang Dynasty (1600-1046 BC).

It has been an important festival that many poets have written about, and there are many popular stories and legends about the Mid-Autumn Festival in Chinese society.

Thus, it can be said that the Mid-Autumn Festival has been explained and celebrated by generations of Chinese.


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shǎngyuè 赏月 to admire the full moon

diǎn dēnglóng 灯笼 灯笼 to light lanterns

wán huādēng 花灯 花灯 to play with coloured lanterns

chī yuèbǐng 吃 月饼 to eat moon cakes

tuánjù 团聚 to reunite


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