The Autumn Moon Festival is a time for Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, and Asian cultures to celebrate the end of Autumn Harvest.
The Holiday was first established in the Song Dynasty in 960-1279 AD, but many believe it originated far before during the Zhou Dynasty in 1046 – 256 BC.
The Autumn Moon or Mid-Autumn Festival is celebrated all over the world during the 15th day of the 8th lunar month. This year it is celebrated on September 10, 2022. Originally, the festivities focused on being thankful for the fall harvest, then it slowly evolved into a time to gather with friends and family in thanksgiving.
Depending on the cultural traditions, everyone celebrates slightly differently. Celebrations range from family reunions and eating mooncakes to lantern lighting rituals.
The universal themes of the Autumn Moon festival are gathering, thanksgiving, and praying. Gathering with friends and family typically takes place on the day of the celebration when the moon is brightest. Families also give thanks for the fall harvest as it has provided and brought everyone together. Lastly, praying is practiced by asking for blessings of an abundant harvest, family growth, and longevity.
At Van’s Kitchen we are celebrating the Autumn moon festival on September 10th. Join us by going to an Autumn Moon parade, having a family get together, or trying mooncakes!
Today, and everyday, we honor the various cultures who have shaped our community with beautiful traditions. As a Women-Owned and Minority-Owned business we believe in the opportunity for underdogs to rise up and fulfill their dreams!