The Chinese celebrate the August Moon Festival or Mid-Autumn Festival. This is one of their most celebrated holidays. This special holiday is to celebrate the end of the harvest season.
The Mid-Autumn Festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month.
This year the date was September 12th, 2011.
According to Chinese legends the moon is the brightest on this day. This Autumn moon is the subject of many romance stories and poems. Many couples find each other under the Autumn Moon. Also, it is believed that on this night children can see a lady on the moon. When they see her they can make a wish and their dreams will come true.
Along with dances and moon gazing, Chinese celebrate the August Moon Festival with a family meal. However, you will not find a turkey on the table. The popular food item for this holiday is a Mooncake.
Mooncakes are usually round and have a thin crust. The top of the crust is imprinted with Chinese characters symbolic of longevity or harmony. Some will also have imprints of the moon, a rabbit, flowers and vines. Many are given as gifts to family, friends, employees and co-workers.