The Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋节), also known as the Moon Festival or Mooncake Festival or Zhongqiu Festival, is a popular lunar harvest festival celebrated by Chinese and Vietnamese people. The festival is held on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar, which is in September or early October in the Gregorian calendar, close to the autumnal equinox. This year the festival dates are 16 September – 14 October 2012.
The Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the most important holidays in the Chinese calendar, the others being Spring Festival and Winter Solstice. Accompanying the celebration, there are additional cultural or regional customs, such as: Eating mooncakes,matchmaking, carrying brightly lit lanterns, lighting lanterns on towers, floating sky lanterns and burning incense in reverence to deities including Chang’e.
The moon cake is the food for the Moon Festival. The Chinese eat the moon cake at night with the full moon in the sky.