The Mid-Autumn Festival 2016
This festival is celebrated according to the lunar calendar in mid to late September and celebrates the brightest Moon in the year.
In Birmingham, we celebrate with live cultural performances in the Arcadian centre in Southside, with a crafts area and lantern parade for children and asian street food festival culminating in a fantastic fireworks finale.
Join us for the 2016 Mid-Autumn Festival event at the Arcadian centre in Southside, Birmingham.
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It’s been a wonderful experience at the Birmingham Mid-Autumn Day festival this year! It was very well organised and enjoyable. Compared to the previous years, it attracted a big crowd with lots of different activities. I am looking forward to the next one.Siyuan Ren 任思远
About Mid-Autumn Festival
The Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the most charming and colourful annual events that celebrates, among other things, harvest time with the biggest and brightest moon of the year.
The festival also commemorates a 14th Century uprising against the Mongols. In a cunning plan, rebels wrote the call to revolt on pieces of paper and embedded them in cakes that they smuggled to compatriots.
Today, during the festival, people eat special sweet cakes known as “Moon Cakes” made of ground lotus and sesame seed paste, egg-yolk and other ingredients. Along with the cakes, shops sell colourful Chinese paper lanterns in the shapes of animals, and more recently, in the shapes of aeroplanes and space ships.
On this family occasion, parents allow children to stay up late and take them to high vantage points to light their lanterns and watch the huge autumn moon rise while eating their moon cakes.