Mooncake Festival (also known as Moon Festival, Mid-Autumn Festival, Chinese Lantern Festival or Zhongqiu Festival) is a traditional harvest festival observed by Chinese and Chinese descendants in many countries. The festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th month according to Chinese lunar calendar. Thus, the date of Mooncake Festival in Gregorian (Western) calendar varies from year to year although it usually falls between September and early October which is close to the autumnal equinox.
When is Mooncake Festival 2013?
Mooncake Festival 2013 falls on Thursday, 19 September 2013. China, Macau, and Taiwan observe the date of Mooncake Festival as a public holiday while Hong Kong celebrates the day following Mooncake Festival as its public holiday. Therefore, the official Mooncake Festival holiday 2013 in Hong Kong falls on Friday, 20 September 2013.
When is Mooncake Festival 2012?
Mooncake Festival 2012 falls on Sunday, 30 September 2012. China, Macau, and Taiwan observe the date of Mooncake Festival as a public holiday while Hong Kong celebrates the day following Mooncake Festival as its public holiday. Therefore, the official Mooncake Festival holiday 2012 in Hong Kong falls on Monday, 1 October 2012.
Tradition of Mooncake Festival
Being one of the most important Chinese festivals, Chinese people celebrate the festival by carrying out some traditions. The most common traditions done by Chinese people during Mooncake Festival are eating Mooncakes while viewing the moon, lighting lanterns, floating lanterns, burning incense, and many others. Traditional lion dance and dragon dance are also performed in many streets during Mid-Autumn Festival.
Mooncakes are sweet round pastries stuffed with thick filling of lotus seeds paste. The size of these pastries is about 10 cm in diameters and 4-5 cm thick. Chinese people have a tradition of eating Mooncakes to celebrate Mooncake Festival. These Chinese traditional pastries are usually served with a cup of Chinese tea. People used to make Mooncakes at home, but recently, most people prefer buying Mooncakes at markets or bakeries to baking them themselves.
2013 Mooncake Festival Celebrations
Mooncake Festival (also known as Moon Festival, Mid-Autumn Festival, Chinese Lantern Festival, and Zhongqiu Festival) is a public holiday in China, Taiwan, Macau, and Hong Kong. This festival is also observed by Chinese people and Chinese descendants in Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, and Indonesia although it is not a public holiday in these countries.
Different countries have different names for Mooncake Festival as well as different ways in celebrating the festival. As an illustration, Hong Kong and China refer to the festival as Zhong Qiu Jie or Mid-Autumn festival with Mooncakes as the main delicacy during the festival. Meanwhile, Taiwan calls the festival Tuan Yuan Jie or Reunion Festival and observes it by eating barbecue instead of Mooncakes. However, the purpose of celebrating Mooncake or Mid-Autumn Festival in each country is normally the same i.e. to thank God for the good harvest and all of the blessings given along the year.