When National Day meets Mid-Autumn Festival


China’s National Day falls on October 1, and this year marks the 71st anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. It’s a vital festival celebrated throughout the country. Every year, celebrations are held around the country. People often have a seven-day National Day holiday, during which they may travel or go back home for a family reunion. 

This year, since the Mid-Autumn Festival falls exactly on October 1, Chinese people will enjoy aneight-day holiday.

TheMid-Autumn Festival, originating from moon worshiping by the ancients, is a festival of reunion. It provides an excellent chance for people to reunite with their families, enjoy mooncakes and appreciate the moon together. 

The Chinese people consider the Mid-Autumn Festival, which falls on the 15th day of the 8th month of the Chinese lunar calendar, of enormous significance, regarding it as one of the four major Chinese traditional festivals together with the Spring Festival, the Qingming Festival and the Dragon Boat Festival.

Given the influence of Chinese culture, the Mid-Autumn Festival is also a traditional festival for some East and Southeast Asian nations, especially for those overseas Chinese living in these countries.

This year, due to the pandemic, many of us choose to stay at school, instead of going home for family reunion. However, we can still contact our families on the festival through online video calls. Furthermore, we can also enjoy a fancy dinner as well as some tasty mooncakes with teachers and classmates while admiring the moon in the campus of ECNU.

May you all have a happy National Day and a happy Mid-Autumn Festival!

Source: ECNU Publicity Office

Copy editor: Philip Nash

Editor: Zhang Linlan


East China Normal University