Mid Autumn Festival is a traditional festival of China.
It used to be as important as Spring Festival .It is usually celebrated in September or October.
This festival is to celebrate the harvest and to enjoy the beautiful moon light.
To some extent, it is like Thanks Giving day in western countries.
On this day, people usually get together with their families and have a nice meal.
After that, people always eat delicious moon cakes, and watch the moon.
The moon is always very round on that day, and makes people think of their relatives and friends.
It is a day of pleasure and happiness.
Hope you have a wonderful Mid Autumn festival!
The Mid-Autumn or Moon Festival is one rich in poetic(诗意的) significance.
Ancient legends(古代的传说) that became interwoven with this festival's celebration further contribute to the warm regard in which it has always been held by the Chinese people.
According to the lunar calendar(农历), the seventh, eighth, and ninth months constitute the autumn season.
Mid-Autumn Festival falls on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month, precisely in the middle of this season, when the heat of the summer has given way to cool autumn weather, marked by blue skies and gentle breezes.
On this day the moon is at its greatest distance from the earth; at no other time is it so luminous.
Then, as the Chinese say, “The moon is perfectly round.” In the villages the heavy work involved in the summer harvest has already been completed but the autumn harvest has not yet arrived.
The actual origins of the Mid-Autumn Festival are still very unclear.
The earliest records are from the time of the great Han dynasty emperor Wu Di, who initiated celebrations lasting three days, including banquets and “Viewing the Moon” evenings on the Toad Terrace.
We know that people during the Jin dynasty continued the custom of Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations, and similar accounts have come down to us from the time of the Tang dynasty.
During the Ming dynasty houses and gardens were decorated with numerous lanterns and the sound of gongs and drums filled the air.
Moon cakes came on sale shortly before festival time.
In the past, one could get some cakes shaped like pagodas, others like a horse and rider, fish or animals.
Still others were decorated with the images of rabbits, flowers, or goddesses.
There were a myriad of different fillings available: sugar, melon seeds, almonds, orange peel, sweetened cassia blossom, or bits of ham and preserved beef.
The cakes are of the northern and southern styles, but the latter (also called Guangdong-style) are the most popular and are available throughout the country.
The round shape of cakes just symbolizes not only the moon but also the unity of the family.
Therefore the Mid-Autumn Festival is actually a day for family reunion.
Mid-autumn Festival is a popular and important lunar harvest festival celebrated by Chinese people. The festival is held on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar.
There are some traditions in this holiday. For example, people would have a big dinner with there families. After dinner, they often enjoy the full moon which is round and bright. The other tradition of mid-autumn festival is eating moon cake.
Moon cake is the essential of that day, which means reunion. As time goes by, there are various kinds of moon cakes, but they are much more expensive than before. I like mid-autumn festival because my families will get together and have a big dinner on that day.