September: Chinese Moon Festival


The Chinese Moon Festival or Zhongqiu Festival (traditional Chinese: 中秋節; simplified Chinese: 中秋节; pinyin: Zhōngqiūjié; Vietnamese: Tết Trung Thu), is a popular harvest festival celebrated by Chinese and Vietnamese people. It is one of the biggest annual holidays in China. It is also referred to as the Mooncake Festival or Lantern Festival. It is held on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar, which is in September or early October in the Gregorian calendar. It is a date that parallels the autumnal equinox of the solar calendar, when the moon is the brightest and the highest in the sky. This year, it falls on September 12, 2011.

中国の中秋節(繁体字:中秋節、簡体字:中秋节、併音Zhōngqiūjié、ベトナム語:Tết Trung Thu)は、中国とベトナムの人々によるもっとも人気のある収穫祭です。中国では1年のうちでもっとも大きな祝日の一つで、月餅と提灯の祭りともいわれています。中国の暦で8月15日、新暦の9月か10月の始めに催されます。これは太陽暦の秋分の日に相当し、月が夜空に最も高く明るく輝きます。今年2011年は9月12日にあたります。

This celebration is one of the oldest holidays in the world, dating back to 3, 000 years. Early celebrations include worship of the moon as a god. Farmers celebrate the end of the fall harvesting season on this date. Traditionally on this day, Chinese family members and friends will gather to admire the bright mid-autumn harvest moon, and eat moon cakes and pomelos under the moon together. Today, the Chinese Moon Festival is celebrated as a national holiday in China and other Asian countries. People take the day off from work. They view the moon, cook and enjoy with family and friends.


Accompanying the celebration, there are additional cultural or regional customs, such as:
carrying brightly lit lanterns, lighting lanterns on towers, floating sky lanterns
burning incense in reverence to deities including Chang'e (Chinese: 嫦娥; pinyin: Cháng'é)


Erect the Mid-Autumn Festival.(树中秋,竖中秋,in China,树 and 竖 are homophones)It is not about planting trees but hanging lanterns on the bamboo pole and putting them on a high point, such as roofs, trees, terraces, etc. It is a custom in Guangzhou, Hong Kong, etc. collecting dandelion leaves and distributing them evenly among family members, fire dragon dances.
In Taiwan, since the 1980s, barbecuing meat outdoors has become a widespread way to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival.


Making, giving, and eating mooncakes is a tradition on this day.