When you plan your business trip to China in the second half of the year, you should remember that there are major holidays and difficulties in travel. The Mid Autumn Festival, also known as the Mooncake Festival, is one of such holidays.
The Moon Cake Festival falls on the 15th day of the 8th month in the Chinese Lunar Calendar, it’s the second grandest and best-known festival after the Spring Festival in China.
When is Mid-Autumn Festival?
- 2023: Sep. 29 (Fri), holiday Sep. 29 to Oct. 7, 2023
- 2024: Sep. 17 (Tue), holiday Sep. 15 to 17, 2024
- 2025: Oct. 6 (Mon), holiday Oct. 6, 2025
- 2026: Sep. 25 (Fri), holiday Sep. 25, 2026
- 2027: Sep. 15 (Wed), holiday Sep. 15, 2027
How is Mid-Autumn Festival celebrated?
During the festival, all Chinese celebrate the middle of the autumn season. The day is known as Moon Festival because, during these days of the year, the moon is the brightest and roundest.
The Mid-Autumn Festival is more of a networking festival rather than the Spring Festival, which is focused on the family. It’s a tradition to give Mooncakes to friends and colleagues. If you meet any business partners in China before and after the Mooncake Festival, it’s a nice gesture to give mooncakes as a gift.
When you do business with China, you should remember that Mid-Autumn Festival is an official holiday period, so all governmental sectors and most private own companies are closed. We do not recommend planning a factory visit during this period. You will find it difficult to contact your Chinese supplier.