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|2001 Chinese Moon Festival|
The date of Chinese Moon Festival (a.k.a. Mid-autumn Festival) is on the 15th moon day of 8th Chinese lunar month (Chicken month). Since the new moon day is the first day of a Chinese Lunar Month. The first day of 8th lunar month is 9-17-2001, the Moon Festival is on 10-1-2001.
|Time Zone||Longitude||New Moon Date & Time||The 15th moon day||Full Moon Date & Time|
|China||East 120||09-17-01 18:27 p.m.||10-01-01||10-02-01 21:49 p.m.|
|EST (USA)||West 75||09-17-10 05:27 a.m.||10-01-01||10-02-01 08:49 a.m.|
|PST (USA)||West 120||09-17-01 02:27 a.m.||10-01-01||10-02-01 05:49 a.m.|
Many Chinese still think the Chinese Moon Festival is on the full moon day of mid-autumn. Actually, more than 50% chance, the moon full day is on the 16th moon day of a lunar month. That's why some people will mention that the moon in the 16th lunar night is fuller (bigger) than the night of the Chinese Moon Festival.
The date of the Chinese Moon Festival usually is in the mid-September. It comes late in year 2001, because there is a leap lunar month in 2001. An extra lunar month is the spring, which makes Chinese Moon Festival late.
The Moon Festival is a holiday in China. It's an occasion for family reunion. Chinese families like to get together to eat the moon cakes and watch the moon at the Moon Festival night. For the people are out of town or for Chinese are from China stay in USA, they miss their family or the lover at home and share the same moon at the night of the Moon Festival before the Internet gets popular.
China will celebrate the Moon Festival one night before USA, because the date of the Moon Festival is on 10-1-01 in both China and USA time zones. Sometimes the date of Chinese Moon Festival in USA time zone is one day before China time zone. For example, 1999 Chinese Moon Festival is on September 23rd in USA and September 24 in China.
The October 1st is the Independent Day of People's Republic China. That means two national holidays fall on the same day in year 2001. Hopefully people in China can have extra day off.
Click here to read the legendary stories of the Moon Festival and Moon Cake.
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