Happy Mid Autumn Festival is an East Asian and Southeast Asian harvest festival celebrated notably by the Chinese and Vietnamese people. It is a two days occasion and very important for every Asian. Make it a special one for your colleagues at work with inspiring Mid Autumn Festival 2019 Greetings and Mid Autumn wishes to share with all. Send them your love and warm wishes for the coming year with Mid Autumn greeting cards that will make this occasion a more special one.
The festival is held on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar with full moon at night, corresponding to late September to early October of the Gregorian calendar with a full moon at night.
History of China’s Mid-Autumn Festival
The early form of the Mid-Autumn Festival was derived from the custom of moon worship during the Zhou Dynasty over 3,000 years ago.
In ancient China, most emperors worshiped the moon annually. Then the custom was accepted by the masses and became more and more popular over time.
Ancient Chinese emperors worshiped the harvest moon in autumn, as they believed that the practice would bring them a plentiful harvest the following year. The custom of offering sacrifices to the moon originated from worshiping the moon goddess, and it was recorded that kings offered sacrifices to the moon in fall during the Western Zhou Dynasty (1045 – 770 BC).
The term “Mid-Autumn” first appeared in the book Rites of Zhou (周礼), written in the Warring States Period (475 – 221 BC). But at that time the term was only related to the time and season; the festival didn’t exist at that point.
Nowadays, many traditional activities are disappearing from Mid-Autumn festivities, but new trends have been generated. Most workers and students regard it simply as a public holiday to escape work and school. People go out traveling with families or friends, or watch the Mid-Autumn Festival Gala on TV at night.
Mid-Autumn Festival Dates in 2019, 2020
In the next 30 years, Mid-Autumn falls as early as September 8 (2033) and as late as October 6 (2025). All sights, restaurants, and shops will be open to take advantage of the tourism peak.
Happy Mid Autumn Greetings (Beautiful Chinese Sayings)
The Mid-Autumn Festival is the second most important traditional festival in China after Chinese New Year. People here like to extend greetings to their relatives and friends to share the joy of the festival and make happy moments.
Here are 10 popular Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival greetings that will be useful if you don’t know what to say at this festival.
1. Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!
2. Wish you and your family a happy Mid-Autumn Festival
Zhù nǐ hé nǐ de jiārén zhōngqiū kuàilè
3. Wishing us a long life to share the graceful moonlight, though thousands of miles apart.
Dàn yuàn rén chángjiǔ, qiānlǐ gòng chánjuān
4. A bright moon and stars twinkle and shine. Wishing you a merry Mid-Autumn Festival, bliss, and happiness.
Hàoyuè shǎnshuò, xīngguāng shǎnyào, zhōngqiū jiājié, měimǎn kuàilè!
5. Happy Mid-Autumn Festival! May the round moon bring you a happy family and a successful future.
6. The roundest moon can be seen in the autumn. It is time for reunions. I wish you a happy Mid-Autumn Day and a wonderful life.
7. Wish you a perfect life just like the roundest moon in Mid-Autumn Day.
8. Happy Mid-Autumn Day! Wish that you go well and have a successful and bright future.
9. I want to make a toast. I Wish that the round moon take my best blessing to you. May you have a happy family and a bright future.
10. I wish that your career and life, just like the round moon on Mid-Autumn Day, be bright and perfect.
Happy Mid Autumn Festival 2019 Images
The Moon Cake is the special food of Mid-Autumn Festival. On that day, people sacrifice moon cakes to the moon as an offering and eat them for celebration. Moon cakes come in various flavors according to the region. The moon cakes are round, symbolizing the reunion of a family, so it is easy to understand how the eating of moon cakes under the round moon can evoke longing for distant relatives and friends. Nowadays, people present moon cakes to relatives and friends to demonstrate that they wish them a long and happy life.
The Mid-Autumn Festival celebrates the hometown of the people with the symbol of the moon, and misses the feelings of their loved ones, praying for a good harvest and happiness, and becoming a colorful and precious cultural heritage. The Mid-Autumn Festival and the Dragon Boat Festival, the Spring Festival, and the Ching Ming Festival are also known as the four traditional festivals in China.