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The Chinese Mid-Fall Moon Festival Day for the coming years
In China Time Zone, the Chinese Moon Festival Day is on September 25, 2007, September 14, 2008, October 3, 2009, September 22, 2010, September 12, 2011 and September 30, 2012.
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). The new moon day is the first day of a Chinese Lunar Month. Since the first day of 8th lunar month is 9-22-2006, the Moon Festival is on 10-06-2006 in China time zone. The Moon Festival is on the same day 10-06-2006 in USA time zones, since the new moon day is on 9-22-2006, too.
|Time Zone||Longitude||New Moon Date & Time||The 15th moon day||Full Moon Date & Time|
|China||East 120||09-22-2006 19:46 p.m.||10-06-2006||10-07-2006 11:14 a.m.|
|EST (USA)||West 75||09-22-2006 06:46 a.m.||10-06-2006||10-06-2006 19:14 p.m.|
|PST (USA)||West 120||09-22-2006 03:46 a.m.||10-06-2006||10-06-2006 22:14 p.m.|
In China, the full moon day is on 10-07-2006 in the morning. But the full moon day is on 10-06-2006 at night in USA time zones. That means the moon is fuller in USA time zone at the night of Chinese Moon Festival. People in USA should enjoy more to watch the full moon while eating moon cakes in the night of the Chinese Moon Festival.
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.
Why is the Chinese Moon Festival in October this year?
Usually the Chinese Moon Festival is in the September. Why is the date of Chinese Moon Festival in October in 2006? This this because year 2006 has extra lunar month - double 7th lunar month (Leap Month). Click here to understand more about Chinese Lunar Leap Month.
In China time zone, the 7th lunar month of 2006 was on 07-25-2006 and the 7th lunar leap month was 8-24-2006. Therefore, 2006 has two Chinese Valentine's Days, which is on the 7th lunar day of 7th lunar month. This impact pushes down the date of Chinese Moon Festival into October. It also forces that the Chinese New Year day of 2007 comes later on 02-18-2007 by comparing 01-29-2006 in January.
Click here to read the legendary stories of the Moon Festival and Moon Cake.
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