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7 September 2022

The 2022 Mid-Autumn Festival is nearly here: see how you can celebrate

The annual Mid-Autumn Festival starts this weekend! Also known as the Moon Festival or Mooncake Festival, the 2022 celebration of this Chinese tradition will officially begin on Saturday 10 September.

Much like the Lunar New Year, the Mid-Autumn Festival holds special significance in Chinese culture. It is always held on the fifteenth day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar, coinciding with the time of the year the Chinese believe the moon is at its peak size and brightness.

During this time in China, people celebrate the traditional time of harvest, give thanks for the gathering of family, and engage in prayer for future good fortune.

Traditional mooncake for Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations

Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations are often marked symbolically by bright and colourful lanterns, and the making and sharing of mooncakes (pictured) – traditional round pastries filled with sweet bean paste and egg yolk. 

Similar folk festivals have also been celebrated for centuries around the world by millions of people in Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore and by those of other Asian heritages.

What’s on for the 2022 Mid-Autumn Festival

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