In China and throughout many Asian countries people celebrate the Harvest Moon on the 15th day of the eighth month of their lunar calendar. The date in the Western calendar changes annually. This year, the Mid-Autumn festival falls on Wednesday, September 22, 2010.
The Harvest Moon or Mid-Autumn Festival (Zhong Qiu Jie) is a day of family reunions much like a Western Thanksgiving. Chinese people believe that on that day, the moon is the roundest and brightest signaling a time of completeness and abundance. During the Mid-Autumn Festival, children are delighted to stay up past midnight, parading multi-colored lanterns into the wee hours as families take to the streets to moon-gaze.
It is also a romantic night for lovers, who sit holding hands on hilltops, riverbanks and park benches, captivated by the brightest moon of the year!
The festival dates back to the Tang dynasty in 618 A.D., and as with many celebrations in China there are ancient legends closely associated with it.
We celebrated the moom festival while in PA with our fellow FCC group from Lancaster PA. Rieley wasn't for sure about the bug slide and stayed close to mom the whole time and played on the swingset at the park and was very happy about that. The event was held at Stoner Park in Lancaster PA, don't know where it got its name from. It was good seeing all of the other families we used to have playgroup with and the many new families that have joined the group. I didn't know over half of the group, lots of new adoptees with their forever families.
Only took a few pics but here is what I have.