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Celebrate the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival with Chinese Literature

Posted on September 15, 2016

As you watch the Full Harvest Moon emerge tonight and tomorrow, remember that people around the world will be looking at the moon as they celebrate the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival. During the holiday, Chinese people gather together with their families, eat mooncakes, look at the full moon, and think about the family members not with them on that day. The holiday is celebrated in China along with the full moon on the fifteenth day of the eighth lunar month, and falls on Thursday, September 15th, this year.

To celebrate the festival, and connect with the tradition of thinking about family on this day, read two stories that take place in the autumn from WWB Campus’ China unit:

  • Appendix, by Yu Hua, is the story of two boys and their near-mortal admiration of their surgeon father. 
  • Timid As A Mouse, also by Yu Hua, tells the story of a young boy who struggles with the weaknesses—and strengths—that he inherited from his family.

Here’s an introduction to the holiday, also known as “Mooncake Festival”…

And then, a video that illustrates one of the stories of the origin of the festival…

For those in NYC, you can celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival at the Museum of Chinese in America’s event.

中秋节快乐! Zhōngqiū jié kuàilè! (Happy Mid-Autumn Festival)