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The Mid-Autumn Festival, more popularly known as the Chinese Moon Festival is celebrated as a harvest festival by the Chinese and Vietnamese people.

The festival is held on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese Han calendar and Vietnamese calendar (within 15 days of the autumnal equinox), on the night of the full moon between early September to early October of the Gregorian calendar.

There are many elements that symbolise the Chinese Moon Festival. Here are the 5 important symbols of the Chinese Moon Festival.

The Moon

The moon is a symbol of fertility, prosperity and peace, it also indicates nurturing of our dreams, and passion. The full moon symbolises family reunion and an auspicious token of abundance, harmony, and luck. The harvest festival also encompasses the fruits of labour by the farmers.

5 Important Symbols of the Chinese Moon Festival

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Moon Goddess

The legend of the Moon Goddess is of a beautiful woman who stopped the elixir of immortality from falling into the wrong hands. Chang E, the wife of a great warrior consumed the elixir, which was given by her husband to preserve it, preventing a malicious protege of her husband from drinking it. Upon consuming she became immortal and flew up into the sky. Know more about the Legend of Moon Goddess.

Moon goddess - Symbols of the Chinese Moon Festival

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Lanterns

The lanterns are almost always red and symbolise good fortune. They were mainly used as a toy and decoration. Today the lantern has come to symbolise the festival itself. Lanterns also signified the wish for the sun's light and warmth to return after winter. Here’s how you make a Chinese Lantern in 5 simple steps.

Important Symbols of the Chinese Moon Festival

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Mooncakes

Mooncakes are one of the hallmark traditions of this festival. The round shape symbolises completeness and unity and sharing them among families signifies union of families. Traditional mooncakes have an imprint of Chinese characters for longevity and harmony. There are different varieties of Mooncakes, and here’s how you make a Mooncake in 10 simple steps.

Mooncakes - 5 Important Symbols of the Chinese Moon Festival

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Rice

Rice is the most important harvest during the mid-autumn harvest festival since it’s a staple food for many Southeast Asians and is regarded as a symbol of fertility, luck, and wealth. It also symbolises abundance as it feeds so many people in the world.  Rice represents a link between Heaven (Gods) and Earth (Men) and hence most food items such as Tangyuan, rice figurines etc are made using rice during harvest festival.

rice - 5 Important Symbols of the Chinese Moon Festival

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5 Important Symbols of the Chinese Moon Festival

The Mid-Autumn Festival, more popularly known as the Chinese Moon Festival is celebrated as a harvest festival by the Chinese and Vietnamese people.

The festival is held on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese Han calendar and Vietnamese calendar (within 15 days of the autumnal equinox), on the night of the full moon between early September to early October of the Gregorian calendar.

There are many elements that symbolise the Chinese Moon Festival. Here are the 5 important symbols of the Chinese Moon Festival.

The Moon

The moon is a symbol of fertility, prosperity and peace, it also indicates nurturing of our dreams, and passion. The full moon symbolises family reunion and an auspicious token of abundance, harmony, and luck. The harvest festival also encompasses the fruits of labour by the farmers.

5 Important Symbols of the Chinese Moon Festival

Image: Bruce Fingerhood used under the Creative Commons Licence

Moon Goddess

The legend of the Moon Goddess is of a beautiful woman who stopped the elixir of immortality from falling into the wrong hands. Chang E, the wife of a great warrior consumed the elixir, which was given by her husband to preserve it, preventing a malicious protege of her husband from drinking it. Upon consuming she became immortal and flew up into the sky. Know more about the Legend of Moon Goddess.

Moon goddess - Symbols of the Chinese Moon Festival

Image: Google royalty free images.

Lanterns

The lanterns are almost always red and symbolise good fortune. They were mainly used as a toy and decoration. Today the lantern has come to symbolise the festival itself. Lanterns also signified the wish for the sun’s light and warmth to return after winter. Here’s how you make a Chinese Lantern in 5 simple steps.

Important Symbols of the Chinese Moon Festival

Image: @felixtriller used under the Creative Commons Licence

Mooncakes

Mooncakes are one of the hallmark traditions of this festival. The round shape symbolises completeness and unity and sharing them among families signifies union of families. Traditional mooncakes have an imprint of Chinese characters for longevity and harmony. There are different varieties of Mooncakes, and here’s how you make a Mooncake in 10 simple steps.

Mooncakes - 5 Important Symbols of the Chinese Moon Festival

Image: Wee Keat Chin used under the Creative Commons Licence

Rice

Rice is the most important harvest during the mid-autumn harvest festival since it’s a staple food for many Southeast Asians and is regarded as a symbol of fertility, luck, and wealth. It also symbolises abundance as it feeds so many people in the world.  Rice represents a link between Heaven (Gods) and Earth (Men) and hence most food items such as Tangyuan, rice figurines etc are made using rice during harvest festival.

rice - 5 Important Symbols of the Chinese Moon Festival

Image: cookbookman17 used under the Creative Commons Licence

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