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Chinese Moon Festival, Mooncake Day

Date When Celebrated: The 15th day of the 8th Lunar month. October 1, 2020; September 21, 2021; September 10, 2022; September 29, 2023; September 17, 2024; October 6, 2025

The Chinese Moon Festival is one of the biggest holidays of the Chinese calendar. It is celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th Lunar month. People also call it the Mooncake Festival or Lantern Festival. On this lunar day, the fall moon is at it's brightest, and is in the highest point of the sky.

The Chinese Moon Festival celebrates the success of the fall or autumn harvest. This celebration is one of the oldest holidays in the world, dating back thousands of years.  In early celebrations, the Chinese people worshipped the moon god.

The Chinese Moon Festival is one of China's biggest national holiday. Traditionally, people will view the moon, and enjoy mooncakes with family and friends.  Cooking, giving and eating mooncakes is a big tradition, resulting in this day also being called the Mooncake Festival.

Mooncakes is a very heavy bread or pastry. It includes the yolks of duck eggs. There are a variety of fillings for Mooncakes. They are usually filled with beans, nuts, or seeds.

Determining the Date:

The lunar year is established based upon the sighting of the new moon. Calendar converters are available online to convert to/from the Julian and Chinese Calendars. Chinese Moon Festival is always the 15th day of the 8th lunar month. This is when the moon is at it's highest point in the sky, and is the brightest.

The Origin of Chinese Moon Festival:

This holiday is celebrated in China. It dates back thousands of years, making it one of the world's oldest celebrations.

More Information:

Holiday Insights has extensive information and lots of links.

Chinese Moon Festival, or Mooncake Festival




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