Celebrating the Chinese Mid-Autumn Moon Festival



According to the Chinese Lunar calendar, the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival falls on the 15th day of the 8th month. In the Gregorian calendar, it falls on 13th September. The Chinese Mid-Autumn Moon Festival takes its name from the moon at this time of year, as this is when it is at its roundest and brightest. The festival is widely celebrated in mainland China, where workers will enjoy one day off for the festival.


The Chinese Mid-Autumn Moon Festival is inherited from moon sacrificial ceremonies. In ancient China, people observed the movement of the moon and how it closely related to the changes of the seasons and the agricultural production. The festival allowed them to express thanks to the moon and celebrate the harvest.

The festival dates back as far as 1046 BC, when it was celebrated by the royal class on the autumnal equinox. At this time however, it has no festival background at all, until around 618 AD when social prosperity inspired the custom of festivities.

On the festival day, people gather with their families to offer sacrifice to the moon as well as appreciate the brightness, eat moon cake and express yearnings towards their family members and friends who live afar. There are other customs that take place at the festival, including lanterns and dragon/ lion dances.


Celebrations for the Chinese Mid-Autumn Moon festival take place all over the world, with people indulging in celebratory foods like traditional Chinese meals and moon cakes alongside their family and close friends. Many like to use the festival as a chance to relax, sit back and enjoy the simple pleasures in life.

Rainbow Casino

Why not visit your nearest Rainbow Casino to join in with the Mid-Autumn Moon festivities? You’ll be able to celebrate the Moon Festival with a traditional and complimentary Chinese buffet, a prize draw and much more. We will be celebrating the Chinese Mid-Autumn Moon Festival at the following casinos on the following dates:

  • Aberdeen - Monday 16th September 2019
  • Birmingham - Monday 16th September 2019
  • Bristol- Tuesday 17th September 2019
  • Cardiff- Monday 16th September 2019

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