Mid Autumn Festival
The Mid-Autumn Festival, 中秋节 zhōng qiū jié, is the second most important festival to Chinese people after the Chinese New Year or Spring Festival, 春节 chūn jié. In 2015, Mid-Autumn Festival is on September 27. Every year, Chinese people will go home from every corner of the country and the world for family reunions. On Mid-Autumn night the harvest moon is supposed to be the brightest and fullest of the year, so the festival is also known as the “Day of Reunion” and the “Moon Festival“. Chinese people believe that the full moon is a symbol of peace, prosperity, and family reunion.
To wish someone a happy Mid-Autumn Festival you can say 中秋快乐, zhōng qiū kuài lè or 中秋节快乐, zhōng qiū jié kuài lè. To celebrate this holiday I am sharing a must read picture book called: 爸爸,你能给我月亮吗? (bà ba, nǐ néng gěi wǒ yuè liang ma?), Papa, Can You Give Me The Moon? This is a beautiful story about a Father’s love for his son with a heartwarming ending. Simply hover over a Chinese character that you don’t know to see its definition in English and pinyin. Click here to read this picture book about how a Father will move heaven and earth for his son!