Falling on the 15th day of the 8th month according to the Chinese lunar calendar, the Mid-Autumn Festival is the second grandest festival in China after the Chinese New Year.
It takes its name from the fact that it is always celebrated in the middle of the autumn. The day is also known as the Moon Festival, as at that time of the year the moon is at its roundest and brightest.
Watching the full moon, tasting foods and mooncake, enjoying songs and dances, guessing riddles, all these add the festive atmosphere for Chinese people.
Pedestrians look at a moon installation set up to mark the upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival at a plaza in Nanjing, east China’s Jiangsu Province, Sept. 23, 2018. (Xinhua/Liu Jianhua)
Pedestrians pose for photos with a moon installation set up to mark the upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival in Bozhou, east China’s Anhui Province, Sept. 23, 2018. (Xinhua/Ni Shubin)