Mid-Autumn Festival, or “Mooncake Festival”, is a Chinese celebration of the harvest and of the Autumn season at the time of the full moon. This celebration is observed in Australia mostly by people with Chinese ancestry. It is not an official public holiday, but it is still an important day for many.
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Mid-Autumn Festival falls on the fifteenth day of the eighth month of the Chinese lunar calendar and is a full moon day. It normally occurs sometime in September or October on the Gregorian Calendar.
The Mid-Autumn Festival originates from the Shang Dynasty of China in the 1500s and was at first focused on worship of the Chinese moon goddess in the expectation of a bountiful harvest. Today, it is more about fun and food.
The most important features of the holiday are eating delicious Chinese mooncakes and gathering together with family members to watch the full moon. Decorating and displaying lanterns is also common. In China, celebrations last for three days, but they may last only one day in Australia.