Mid-Autumn Festival (or Mooncake Festival) is the second most important Chinese holiday after Chinese New Year. It symbolizes the completion of the Autumn harvest and a time to give gratitude to change. It is usually held on the 15th day of the 8th month of the Lunar Calendar at the time of the full moon. This year’s Mid Autumn Festival is scheduled for September 10th, 2022.
The Moon Goddess is said to make her annual entrance on the brightest of nights, delivering gifts of a good crop, serenity, safety, and love. The full moon represents wealth, fulfillment, and unity. Family members travel long distances to eat together and spend the evening gazing at the full moon, burning paper lanterns, and eating mooncakes.
Women build altars to offer food and incense, and young singles go out to mingle in the hope that it would bring them the love of their dreams. With that being said, here are some ways to increase your luck during the Mid-Autumn Festival.
1. Network and socialize
Mid-Autumn is a very good time for socializing and networking. To build deeper connections and better peace, the Chinese pay visits with mooncakes as presents. By spending the holidays with your friends, families, and even co-workers, you may enhance your bonds and establish rapport. Who knows, you may even meet a prospective life partner!
2. Use round or circular offerings
When worshiping the Moon Goddess, keep your altar towards the moon and your gifts spherical. This summarizes the Chinese proverb “Zhu Shi Yuan Man,” which means “everything ends well.” Apples and oranges are particularly popular round fruits with fortunate connotations. Don’t forget the most important contribution, the mooncake! It is suggested to arrange 13 month increments to symbolize the 13 months of the Lunar Calendar.
3. Have fresh flowers & plants
Bring fortunate chi into your house by displaying your most beautiful potted flower arrangements. Avoid prickly plants like roses and cactus because they will repel luck. Those who are fortunate enough to have a garden should ensure that it is well-maintained and ready to greet the dazzling night sky of Mid-Autumn.
4. Celebrate with loved ones
Moon Festival is traditionally celebrated with family (both immediate and extended), although it can also be enjoyed with friends. When you generate a lot of yang chi during the Full Moon night, you activate its energies for a healthy harvest (which in today’s world also implies a solid income), friendship, and, of course, love!