The Moon Festival dates back over 3,000 years, to moon worshiping in the Shang Dynasty (1600-1046 BC). Ancient Chinese emperors worshipped the moon in the autumn, as they believed that the practice would bring them a plentiful harvest the next year. Like many Chinese festivals, the Mid-Autumn Festival originated from a legend. This particular festival celebrates the beautiful yet sad story of Chang E, the Moon Lady.
Chinese people celebrate on this day when the moon is usually at its fullest and brightest. A full and bright moon symbolizes completion, so the Mid-Autumn Festival is a day for family or dear ones to be together. Traditionally on this day, families gather together to admire the bright moon and eat moon cakes with oolong or jasmine tea.
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