Day following Chong Chao Festival in Macau in 2020

Day following Chong Chao Festival in Macau in 2020

  How long until Day following Chong Chao Festival?
This holiday next takes place in 84 days.
  Dates of Day following Chong Chao Festival in Macau
2022 Macau Sun, Sep 11 Public Holiday
2021 Macau Wed, Sep 22 Public Holiday
2020 Macau Fri, Oct 2 Public Holiday
2019 Macau Sat, Sep 14 Public Holiday
2018 Macau Tue, Sep 25 Public Holiday
Day following the Mid-Autumn Festival which starts on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month
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Day following Chong Chao Festival in Macau

In Macau the day after the Mid Autumn Festival is a public holiday. This may sound strange at first, but most of the events and festivities happen in the evening of Mid Autumn Festival day, so the day after is a welcome chance to relax and recover after a late evening.

When is Mid Autumn Festival?

The Mid Autumn festival starts on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month.

If the day after Mid Autumn Festival holiday falls on a Sunday, the following Monday will be a national holiday in Hong Kong.

History of the holiday

This festival originated in a fairy tale. A hero names Hou Yi saved his people by shooting down the other nine suns that burned his people to death. He was then bestowed with the elixir of immortality by the Queen Mother of the West.

He did not want to consume the elixir and leave his beautiful but very mortal wife, Chang Er, so he gave the elixir to his wife for safekeeping. Unfortunately, Hou Yi's disloyal apprentice forced Chang Er to swallow the elixir. She then became a supernatural being. She flew to the moon, and from there watched her husband.

Knowing that his wife had now been separated from him, Hou Yi was crazed with grief. Looking up at the moon one night, he saw a figure like his wife. He hurriedly took cakes and succade (preserves in sugar, whether fruits, vegetables, or confections) as offerings to his wife.

Upon hearing this, people developed the custom of watching the moon and eating moon cakes annually on this day.

How is it celebrated?

Activities include Fire Dragon dancing, enjoying the displays of lanterns, and eating moon cakes. People eat moon cakes under the moonlight with family members. Moon cakes are pastries filled with gooey sesame, red bean, and walnut meats.

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