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Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival resources for children

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The Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋节; Zhōngqiū Jié) is a traditional event observed in East and Southeast Asia.

The Mid-Autumn Festival has a long history with Chinese people celebrating the harvest during the autumn full moon since the Shang dynasty (1600-1046 BCE). It has officially been a national holiday in China since 2008 and is second-most important after the Chinese New Year.

The festival is held on the 15th day of the eighth month according to the Chinese lunar calendar. In 2023, the festival lands on Friday 29 September and to celebrate, the Cardiff Confucius Institute tutors have put together a range of resources.

Resources for teachers and home educators

The resources include videos, activities and games that teachers and home educators can use with pupils. Please note that you do not need any knowledge of Chinese or to have a Mandarin tutor present to enjoy them.

We have arranged the resources depending on age and grouped them in the following way: Years 1-2 (ages 5-7), years 3-6 (ages 7-11) and years 7-12 (ages 11-17). We have also provided you with timed lesson plans to help you organise your classes.

To access the resources and lesson plans, email our Wales China Schools Manager, Victoria Ucele, at

The story of the Mid-Autumn Festival

Being an agrarian society in the past, the festival was originally a time for the people of China to enjoy harvests of rice and wheat, along with food offerings made in honour of the moon. Today, it is an occasion for families to get together, and as it is believed that the moon is at its brightest and roundest on Mid-Autumn Day, these are perfect conditions for ‘moon worship’ and harmonious reunion.

One of the best-known myths about the Mid-Autumn Festival is of Chang E, the Chinese goddess of the moon. The story goes that Chang E‘s husband, the great archer Hou Yi, had been gifted an elixir of life as a reward for shooting down nine of the ten suns that had been causing such extreme heat and danger to the population. On August 15 of the Chinese lunar calendar, whilst Yi was away from home, his apprentice Peng Meng tried to force Chang E to give him the elixir. Chang E refused and instead swallowed it herself. When Yi came back later in the day, he found that Chang E had flown to the moon, all alone. Devastated, he set about offering sacrifices to the moon to remember his wife, and this is said to be the reason people make mooncakes and offerings on the 15th day of the eighth month.

Resources from 2021/22

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About the organiser

This activity is organised by Cardiff Confucius Institute. Contact Victoria Ucele at for more details.

How to book

These online resources are designed for primary, middle and secondary school teachers to use with their pupils in the class. They can also be used by children independently, either by themselves or with others.

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