Mid autumn festival

October 4th, 2017

 
 

Celebrate the holiday with our kit which packs 4 unforgettable experiences for the whole family.

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Mid Autumn festival in a nutshell

Mid-Autumn Festival is the Chinese rice harvest festival, celebrated when the moon is at its brightest and fullest. This is why it’s mostly known as Moon Festival. Families and friends get together at night, gaze at the moon and eat mooncakes.

It falls on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar and is the second most important Chinese holiday after the Chinese New Year.

 

Main traditions

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Gazing at the moon

Families have an outdoor nighttime picnic to admire the full moon, while kids look for the shape of Chang'e the goddess of the moon so they can ask her for a wish

 
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Eating mooncakes

Mooncakes are sweet moist decorative cakes that come in different fillings and shapes. Classic are round cakes filled with bean or lotus paste

 
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Playing with Lanterns

Kids play with round shaped lanterns. Carry them around on sticks or hang them down from the trees 

 

the godess of the moon

Chinese legends tell the story of Chang’e, and her heroic archer husband Hou Yi. Once, there were 10 suns that burned the surface of the earth. Yi shot down 9 of the suns and saved the earth. As a reward he received the magic potion of immortality, but he didn't drink it as he didn't want to become immortal without his beloved wife Chang'e.

One day, one of his men tried to steal the potion, and Chang'e drank it in order to protect it and flew up to the moon. Yi was heartbroken to discover they were parted and offered his wife's favorite cake and fruits to her, hoping she would come back.

Today, we continue his tradition, by sharing mooncake with friends and families. Kids gaze at the moon hoping to see Chang's image.

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celebrate with our Family Kit

Our Mid Autumn Festival Family kit packs 4 holiday traditions and now available in very limited amounts