The Mid-Autumn Festival (simplified Chinese: 中秋节; traditional Chinese: 中秋節), also known as the Moon Festival or Mooncake Festival or Zhongqiu Festival, is a popular lunar harvest festival celebrated by Chinese. The festival is held on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese / Lunar calendar, which is in September or early October in the Gregorian calendar, close to the autumnal equinox. In year 2012, the festival falls on September 30 in Asia.
Accompanying the celebration, there are additional cultural or regional customs, such as eating mooncakes, lighting lanterns or floating sky lanterns, firecrackers and fireworks, and Moon Rabbit.
In other cultures, the Harvest Moon is also known as Blue Corn Moon, Singing Moon, Elk Call Moon, and Wine Moon. The Harvest Moon is the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox. About once every four years, it occurs in October in the northern hemisphere. Currently, the latest possible Harvest Moon is on October 11. When the night of the Harvest Moon coincides with the night of the equinox, it is called a “Super Harvest Moon”. In 2010, the harvest moon happened only 5½ hours after the autumnal equinox, creating the first Super Harvest Moon since 1991.
(=’.’) Happy Mid-Autumn Festival with Bountiful Harvest
**:(=’:’):* Have a Great Harvest Season !