In 2020, the Mid-Autumn Festival will fall on October 1st (Thursday). It is the same day as China National Day.
The Mid-Autumn Festival is celebrated in many East Asian communities. In China, it’s a reunion time for families, just like Thanksgiving, day.
The Mid-Autumn Festival is also called the Moon Festival or the Mooncake Festival. It traditionally falls on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese lunar calendar, which is in September or early October in the Gregorian calendar.
The Mid-Autumn Festival is the second most important festival in China after the Chinese New Year. Chinese people celebrate it by gathering for dinners and lighting paper lanterns.
How the Chinese Celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival
The common customs of the Mid-Autumn Festival include family members eating dinner together, just like a Thanksgiving dinner, sharing mooncakes, worshiping the moon with gifts, displaying lanterns, and regional activities.
In Hong Kong, a unique annual fire dragon show is held in the Tai Hang neighborhood during the Mid-Autumn Festival.
Mooncake – the Must-Eat Food
Mooncake is the most popular and important food eaten during the Mid-autumn Festival. Various types of mooncakes are placed in the most prominent places in stores and markets as the festival approaches. Mooncakes are traditionally Chinese pastries that consist of a thin tender skin enveloping a sweet, dense filling. Mooncakes were used to be made at home, but very few people make them at home nowadays.
Pumpkin — to Bring Good Health
The tradition of eating pumpkin during the festival is followed by people living south of the Yangtze River.
Poor families chose to eat pumpkin during the Mid-Autumn Festival in ancient times, as they couldn’t afford mooncakes. The tradition has been passed down, and eating pumpkin on the Mid-Autumn Festival night is believed to bring people good health.
An interesting legend goes that a very poor family, a couple with their daughter, lived at the foot of South Mountain. The old couples were seriously sick for lack of food and clothes. The daughter found an oval-shaped melon one day when she was working in the fields on the South Mountain. She brought the melon home and cooked to serve to her dying parents. Surprisingly, her sick parents recovered after eating the melon. Because the melon was picked from the South Mountain, so it was named ‘south melon’ (the Chinese name for pumpkin).
River Snails — Brighten Your Eyes
Fried river snails
Traditionally, river snails are an indispensable food for the Mid-Autumn Festival dinner for people in Guangzhou. River snails are usually cooked with medicinal herbs to dispel their unpleasant odor. Eating river snails during the Mid-Autumn Festival is believed to help brighten the eyes.
Taro — Bring Good Luck
Eating taro during the Mid-Autumn Festival is believed to dispel to bad luck and bring good luck and wealth. The tradition began during the Qing Dynasty (1644–1911).
Wine Fermented with Osmanthus Flowers — Happy Life
Drinking wine fermented with osmanthus flowers has a long history in China. Chinese people began to drink such wine over 2,000 years ago. This wine may be preferred because the Mid-Autumn Festival is when the osmanthus flowers are in full bloom. Drinking the wine signifies family reunions and happy life.
Duck — Different Cooking Methods
People in East China’s Fujian Province have the tradition to cook duck with a kind of taro widely planted in the area during the Mid-Autumn Festival.
Osmanthus flowers duck (salted and baked duck) is a must-eat food for people in East China’s Jiangsu Province. This is the most famous dish of Nanjing and has a history of over 2,500 years. The dish features crisp skin, tender meat, and fat, but it is not greasy.
In West China’s Sichuan Province, people enjoy smoke baked duck. The prepared duck is put in the baked censer and baked with smoke from flaming straw. The duck is cooked when it turns brown and is then cooked with brine to add more flavor.
Steamed hairy crab
Hairy Crab — a Seasonal Festival Delicacy
Hairy crabs are rich in protein and amino acids. The hairy crab season is September and October. So it is a special seasonal delicacy for the Mid-Autumn Festival, a highlight of the Mid-Autumn Festival reunion dinner, especially around Shanghai. See Hairy Crab — The Shanghai Delicacy Every Tourist Should Try.
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