Mid-Autumn Festival

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The Mid-Autumn Festival, or Moon Festival, is a harvest festival celebrated in China and Vietnam. It is held on the fifteenth day of the eights month of the lunar calendar.


The exact origin of the Mid-Autumn Festival is not known. It began with the practice of moon worship, which was likely introduced to China through trade with ancient Arab tribes. It may also be based on the Jade Rabbit, a mythological Asian creature which is said to come from the moon.


Traditions vary greatly based on location. The most common practice is the eating of mooncakes with family. Other traditions include collecting dandelions and performing elaborate dances.