8 interesting facts about the Moon Cake Festival:
- It falls on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese Han calendar.
- Contrary to popular belief the Mid-Autumn Festival does not always occur on a full moon. The Chinese lunar calendar does not coincide perfectly with the cycles of the moon.
- In ancient times, the Mid-Autumn Festival was the second Chinese “Valentine’s Day”, alongside the Double Seventh Festival (this usually falls in August).
- Older generation tend to give mooncakes as gifts as the younger generation tend to celebrate “virtually” by sending digital red envelops.
- The Mid-Autumn Festival is not only celebrated in China, but is also in other Asian countries, like Vietnam, South Korea, Singapore, Japan, the Philippines, and Malaysia
- The price of moon cake is low at about RMB4 but during the Moon Festival it can go up to RMB1000!
- There is a three-day holiday during the festival. Chinese people like to spend time with their families, or to travel outside the towns on a day trips. Train tickets are usually sold out quickly during the festival time and famous tourist spots are usually quite crowded.
- The Festival is also celebrated by lighting and display lanterns.