The Mid-Autumn Festival (Simplified Chinese: 中秋节), also known as the Moon (cake) Festival, is a popular East Asian celebration of abundance and togetherness, dating back over 3,000 years to China’s Zhou Dynasty.
Consequence is one week of holiday, that is one week of possible delays. Foreigners doing business with China often forget this, because in the Western world does not celebrate it at all. It is the same as when the West is celebrating Christmas, the Asian continue daily hard work.
The Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the two most important holidays in the Chinese calendar (the other being the Chinese Lunar New Year), and is a legal holiday in several countries.
Decoration and antique:
To make mooncakes molds are used. Some of those molds of more than 100 years old sometimes, can become a collector’s item or even a decorative piece in an interior.
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When? (Gregorian Vs. Lunar calendar)
The Mid-Autumn Festival falls on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month of the Chinese calendar (usually around mid- or late-September in the Gregorian calendar), a date that parallels the Autumn Equinox of the solar calendar.
This is the ideal time, when the moon is at its fullest and brightest, to celebrate the abundance of the summer’s harvest. Farmers celebrate the end of the summer 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 pomeloes together. Accompanying the celebration, there are additional cultural or regional customs, such as:
• Eating moon cakes outside under the moon
• Putting pomelo rinds on one’s head
• Carrying brightly lit lanterns
• Burning incense in reverence to deities including Chang’e
• Planting Mid-Autumn trees
• Lighting lanterns on towers
• Fire Dragon Dances
Simplified Chinese: 月饼 Hanyu Pinyin: yuèbĭng Literal meaning: Mooncake <!–[if !vml]–><!–[endif]–>
The traditional food of this festival is the mooncake, of which there are many different varieties. It is a Chinese pastry. Typical mooncakes are round or rectangular pastries, measuring about 10 cm in diameter and 4-5 cm thick. A thick filling usually made from lotus paste is surrounded by a relatively thin (2-3 mm) crust and may contain yolks from salted duck eggs. Mooncakes are rich, heavy, and dense compared with most Western cakes and pastries. They are usually eaten in small wedges accompanied by Chinese tea.
(few Westerns really like it, but get plenty of them as a present from the ever friendly Chinese)
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