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Mid-Autumn Festival

English: Mid-Autumn Festival, Portuguese: Festival "Chong Chao" (Bolo Lunar), Traditional: 中秋節, Simplified: 中秋节

The Mid-Autumn Festival is a meaningful holiday occurring on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month in the Chinese calendar.

This is usually sometime in middle or late September, and it allows families in Macau to travel home and spend time with loved ones.

Mid-Autumn Festival, Macau, 2024 Dates, Lanterns, Mooncakes

Also known as the Mooncake or Moon Festival, it celebrates the success of the Chinese people who fought against the Mongol rule of the Yuan Dynasty in the 14th century. The Yuan Dynasty strictly prohibited any group gatherings, making it impossible for people to plan a rebellion. In China, this holiday is the second biggest event of the year, following the Chinese New Year.

The Mid-Autumn Festival is also significant because it’s a time to give thanks for an abundant rice and fruit harvest. Traditionally, many ceremonies take place to pay homage to the gods for the rich harvest. While in Macau, many Chinese families treat it like the west’s Thanksgiving holidays: get together for meals and celebrate by lighting up paper lanterns, giving gratitude to the moon, eating delicious mooncakes, and more.

Mooncakes are an iconic food representing this important holiday, so most local bakeries and shops will be selling more of these exquisite treats.

This day is also ideal for moon worshipping, as there is usually a full moon a day after the festival. Be sure to look up to appreciate the moon’s clarity and beauty during this time.

In addition, many families often choose to reunite outdoors, so the parks and beaches in Macau often host these lovely get-togethers as they indulge in fruits, mooncakes, and other local delicacies.

The Mid-Autumn Festival is a unique way to appreciate Chinese culture while in Macau.

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