The joyous Mid-Autumn Festival was celebrated on the fifteenth day of the eighth moon ， around the time of the autumn equinox （秋分）. The Mid- autumn Festival is a little like Thanksgiving. It is celebrated at the end of the harvest season. This year it falls on the 19 th September. Mid-autumn Festival
Mid-autumn festival celebrations date back more than 2000 years. In ancient times, Chinese emperors prayed to heaven for a prosperous year. They chose the morning of the 15th day of the second lunar month to worship the sun and the evening of the 15th day of the eighth lunar month to hold a ceremony in praise of the moon. Origins
According to legend, in ancient times, one year, ten suns appeared in the sky, the water in the planet dried, people couldn’t live any longer.
The earth was saved when a strong archer, Hou Yi, succeeded in shooting down 9 of the suns.
Yi stole the elixir of life but to save the people from his tyrannical rule, 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 "Zhong Qiu Jie" was given a new significance. The story goes that when Zhu Yuanzhang, the first Ming dynasty (1368- 1644) emperor, 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. ANOTHER LEGEND
On this day, Chinese families get together. They tell the story about a lady who lived in the moon. They give each other small round moon cake. Some moon cakes have a yellow egg yolk in the middle. The yolk looks like a bright, full moon.