2010 Mid-Autumn Festival will be celebrated on September 22th 2010, and Beijing, as the historical and cultural city will hold various events for celebrating the festival.
Mid-Autumn Festival, Zhongqiujie in Chinese, is one of the most important traditional festival in China. The four festivals, Spring Festival, Qingming Festival and Duanwu Festival (Dragon Boat Festival) and Mid-Autumn Festival are the top 4 traditional festivals among Chinese Han people.
Usually happening on September, the celebrating date for Mid-Autumn Festival is August 15th of Chinese lunar calendar. It was a popular harvest festival and family reunion festival in ancient days. Mid-Autumn Festival can date back over 3,000 years as the moon worship day, and it was very popular in China's Song Dynasty (the years between 960-1234).
On May 20th, 2006, Mid-Autumn Festival is listed as the first national nonmaterial cultural heritage list of China, and in 2008 Mid-Autumn Festival becomes national public holiday.
The activities for Mid-Autumn Festival China mainly include admiring the full Moon, eating moon cakes and lighting red lanterns etc. Since Mid-Autumn Festival is also family reunion day, most people will go home for the reunion dinner and enjoying the most beautiful family reunion moment.
Mid-Autumn Festival (Zhongqiu Jie) 2010 Beijing
Date: September 22th 2010 (August 15th of Chinese lunar calendar)
Activities: family reunion, admiring the full Moon, eating moon cakes and lighting red lanterns
Mid-Autumn Festival celebration in Beijing: Lantern show in Longtanhu Park, Chaoyang park and other lake beside area and open square venues. Temple fairs will also be held at certain venues