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The Mid-Autumn Festival (Zhongqui Jie), also known as The Moon Festival, or Mooncake Festival, or Lantern Festival, is a popular Asian harvest celebration dating back over 3000 years. It is celebrated from China to Malaysia on the 15th of every 8th month in the Chinese calendar or September/October of the western calendar. It is also the day when the moon is at is fullest and roundest, perfect for moon gazing. The traditional food to eat is for this event is Moon cakes in different varietes. This year,2011, the festival is held Sept. 12, 2011.
In China, the mid-autumn festival is actually a legal holiday and is one of the most important holidays in the country. Everyone gather with families to enjoy the bright moon and eat moon cakes accompanied by lit lanterns. Moon gazing, drinking tea, and BBQ is the main activities during this festival.