Lunar August 15th is China’s traditional Mid-Autumn Festival. It is called Mid-Autumn, because it is exactly in the middle of autumn. On this night, the moon is the fullest and brightest of the year. When people look at the round moon on the August 15th, they look forward to family reunion. People who are far away from their home also express homesickness to their families. So Mid-Autumn Festival also is called “Union Festival”.
When you look at the noon on the Mid-Autumn night, maybe you will see a beautiful lady shadow. It is said she is Chang’e. Because Chang’e was known for her beauty, so young girls worship moon on the Mid-Autumn night and pray for beauty as Chang’e.
Eating mooncake also is important custom in the Mid-Autumn Festival. There are many different flavors of mooncake in China. But all are delicious. The shape of mooncake is round as the moon on the Mid-Autumn night. The round shape symbolizes reunion. So the Mid-Autumn Festival is reunion festival.