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Mid-Autumn Festival 2019

One of the biggest harvest events in China that gives an insight into traditional moon ceremonies

Mid-Autumn Festival in Shanghai - Best Time
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Wee Keat Chin

Mid-Autumn Festival also known as Moon Festival, comes from the Zhou Dynasty (1046 - 256 BC). Every year on the 15th day of the 8th month according to the Chinese lunar calendar, families gather to offer sacrifices to the moon. According to the old belief, the movement of the moon has a close relationship with changes of the seasons, agricultural production, peace, and family reunion. On the festival night, the moon is supposed to be the fullest and the brightest.

Traditionally, on a festive night people set tables in the open air, eat moon cakes, fruits and drink reunion wine. There are many places in Shanghai where you can join the celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival. The most famous are Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Sheshan, and Zhujiajiao Old Town.

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Homemade moon cake
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