Usually, China Mid-Autumn Festival is coming in September of each year, but sometimes it may have a delay to the early October. It is one of the most important, traditional and legal Chinese festivals. Let’s see what this festival actually is and how most of Chinese people celebrate China Mid-Autumn Festival. No matter where you are, wish everyone a Happy Mid-Autumn Festival.”

HAPPY CHINA MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL & ITS LONG WEEKEND HOLIDAYS 

|  中国中秋节及中秋小长假

English Words:       Mid-Autumn Festival

Chinese Pinyin:      Zhōng Qiu Jié

Chinese Characters:  中秋节

Similar Chinese Words:   
    团圆节 (Tuán Yuán Jié)| Another name of China Mid-Autumn Festival.
    八月节 (Bā Yuè Jié)| One of ancient name of China Mid-Autumn Festival.
Related Chinese Words:   
    月饼 (Yuè Bǐng)| Moon cake eating in China Mid-Autumn Festival. 
    中国小长假(Zhōng Guó Xiǎo Cháng Jià) | The Chinese long weekend holidays.
    中国农历(Zhōng Guó Nóng Lì)| The Chinese lunar calendar.
    调休(Tiáo Xiū)| Working day in lieu

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What Is China Mid-Autumn Festival? 

| 什么是中国的中秋节?

China Mid-Autumn Festival 2019, Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival 2019, Chinese Mid-Autumn's Day 2019, China Mid-Autumn Festival Long Weekend Holidays 2019

China Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the most important traditional festivals in China. It ranks among the top traditional Chinese festivals, second only to the Spring Festival.

中秋节,是中国重要的传统节日之一。在中国,中秋节的地位,仅次于“春节”。

In China, the Chinese Mid-Autumn’s Day is the 15th day of the 8th month in the Chinese lunar calendar. The day is just in the middle of the fall season in a year, and also the middle of the month, so it is called “中秋节 (zhōng qiū jié)” in Chinese. The first character “中 (zhōng)” in its name means the middle, the second character “秋 (qiū)” means the autumn or the fall season, while the last character “节 (jié)” is equal to the meaning of festival in Chinese.

在中国,中秋节是每年农历的八月十五这一日,恰好处于一年里秋季的正中间,第十五日又是这个月中间的一天,所以在中文里,被称为“中秋节”。名字中的“中”字,含义是中间的意思;汉字“秋”意思是秋天、秋季;而节代表节日的意思。

In China’s lunar calendar, a year is divided into four seasons, and each season also into three months separately named as: 孟 (mèng),仲 (zhòng),季 (jì) in Chinese, each corresponding to the meanings of the first month, second month and the third month in a season. The 8th-month “八月 (bā yuè)” in the Chinese lunar calendar is just right the second month of the fall season, and it is also called “仲月” in Chinese. Thus, 中秋节 (Zhōngqiū jié) was also known as “仲秋节 (zhòngqīu jié)” or “八月节 (bāyuè jié)” in ancient China.

在中国农历里,一年分为四季,每季分为孟、仲、季三个部分,正好对应每季中的第一、二、三个月。而农历八月正处于秋季的第二个月,也称“仲月”,因而中秋节,在古代也被称为“仲秋节”或“八月节”。

When Is China Mid-Autumn Festival? 

| 中秋节的日期?

The dates of the most traditional Chinese festivals are not fixed ones. Usually, China Mid-Autumn Festival is always coming in the second half of September of each year (the solar calendar), but sometimes it may also have a delay to the early October.

大多数中国传统节日的日期都不是固定的日子。中国的中秋节通常落在每年阳历九月的下半旬,但有时也会延迟至十月初。

For example, in the year 2019, the date of September 13 in the solar calendar, is just right the big day of the China Mid-Autumn Festival 2019. But to the next year’s, the China Mid-Autumn Festival 2020 is postponed orderly to the date of October 1, which is overlapped with China’s National Day Festival 2020.

举例来说,2019 年阳历的 9 月 13 日这一天,正是 2019 年的中秋节。而到了 2020 年,中秋节顺延至了 10 月 1 日,与 2020 年的中国国庆节日期重叠了。



WHAT IS IT IN CHINA?

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival and Its Long Weekend Holidays

| 中秋节及中秋小长假

Since the adjustment of Chinese legal holidays in 2018, more traditional Chinese festivals have been legally promoted as a three-consecutive-day holiday by composing of the nearby two-day weekend plus a flexible working day in lieu of holiday. The China Mid-Autumn Festival 2019’s long weekend holidays are included in those legal Chinese holidays too.

自 2008 年起,中国节假日经过调整后,增加更多传统节日作为法定节假日,并利用灵活的调休+周末双休日形成连续 日左右的小长假。这些中国法定小长假中就包括了中秋小长假。

Thus, the China Mid-Autumn Festival holidays, as one of the legal Chinese long weekend holidays, now is referring to the three-consecutive-day holidays.

因此,中秋节假期,现在就是指连续三天的中秋小长假时间,也是中国法定的小长假之一。

Since the date of the China Mid-Autumn Festival is based on its lunar calendar, the actual date of the festival and its long weekend holidays are not fixed each year.

由于中秋节日期是基于中国农历而来的,每年中秋节及中秋小长假的放假时间都不固定。

Take the legal China Mid-Autumn Festival 2019’s Holidays as an example, it started from September 13 and ended on September 15 including a weekend.

比如,2019 年中国法定的中秋小长假放假时间,从 9 月 13 日开始,含周末在内,到 9 月 15 日结束。

China Mid-Autumn Festival 2019, China Mid-Autumn Festival Long Weekend Holidays 2019, Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival 2019 Long Weekend

As in 2020, since China Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day of this year fall on the same day, their long weekend holidays are also combined into an 8-day long weekend vocation. People can enjoy holidays from October 1 to October 8 in China 2020, then back to work on October 9 but complying with the arrangement of two working days in lieu specified on September 27 and October 10.

到了 2020 年,由于这一年的中秋节恰好和中国的国庆是同一天,因此 2020 年的中秋节小长假也与国庆假期(俗称黄金周)合并为了一个长达 8 天的国庆中秋超长小长假。放假时间从 10 月 1 日至 10 月 8 日结束,10 月 9 日恢复上班(9 月 27 日和 10 月 8 日调休)。

For more, please check out the following calendar table.

具体请参见末尾的日历表

WHAT IT MEANS TO CHINESE?

Rituals of China Mid-Autumn Festival

| 在中国,中秋节的传统仪式感

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FESTIVAL TIMETABLE

The Timetable of Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival and Holidays

中国节假日
(Jié Jià Rì)
Chinese Festivals & Holidays
天数
(Tiān Shù)
Days
起止日期
(Qǐ Zhǐ Rì Qī)
Start ~ End Date
调休日
(Tiáo Xiū Rì)
Working Day in Lieu
2019年中秋节
(Zhōng Qiū Jié)
Mid-Autumn Festival 2019
19月13日 周五
(Jiǔ yuè shí sān rì zhōu wǔ)
September 13th, Friday

(Wú)
None
2019年中秋节小长假
(Zhōng Qiu Xiǎo Cháng Jià)
Mid-Autumn Festival's Long Weekend Holidays
39月13日~15日
(Jiǔ yuè shí sān rì zhì shí wǔ rì)
Sep. 13th~15th
Friday to Sunday

(Wú)
None
中国节假日
(Jié Jià Rì)
Chinese Festivals & Holidays
天数
(Tiān Shù)
Days
起止日期
(Qǐ Zhǐ Rì Qī)
Start ~ End Date
调休日
(Tiáo Xiū Rì)
Working Day in Lieu
2020年中秋节
(Zhōng Qiū Jié)
Mid-Autumn Festival 2020
110月1日 周四
(Shí yuè yī rì zhōu sì)
October 1st, Thursday

(Wú)
None
2020年中秋节小长假
(Zhōng Qiu Xiǎo Cháng Jià)
Mid-Autumn Festival's Long Weekend Holidays
810月1日~8日
(Shí yuè yī rì zhì bā rì)
Oct. 1st~8th
Thursday to Saturday
9月27日 周日
(Jiǔ yuè èr shí qī rì zhōu rì)
September 27, Sunday

10月10日 周六
(Shí yuè shí rì zhōu liù)
October 10, Saturday
中国节假日
(Jié Jià Rì)
Chinese Festivals & Holidays
天数
(Tiān Shù)
Days
起止日期
(Qǐ Zhǐ Rì Qī)
Start ~ End Date
调休日
(Tiáo Xiū Rì)
Working Day in Lieu
2021年中秋节
(Zhōng Qiū Jié)
Mid-Autumn Festival 2021
19月21日 周二
(jiǔ yuè èr shí yī rì zhōu èr)
September 21st, Tuesday

(Wú)
None
2021年中秋节小长假
(Zhōng Qiu Xiǎo Cháng Jià)
Mid-Autumn Festival's Long Weekend Holidays
3待定
(Dài dìng)
To be determined
待定
(Dài dìng)
To be determined

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