The Moon And Chinese Tourism In Hawaii: A Worthy Celebration

Origin of the Mid-Autumn festival

The Moon festival, or Mid-autumn festival as it’s known in China, dates back nearly 3,000 years and is a practice that was believed to bring another good harvest year. The appreciation of the moon is an act that has survived since the Tang dynasty (618-907) in China.

Moon Festival

Celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th lunisolar month, which usually falls in September or October, the moon festival is a very important event to Chinese people, who commonly travel long distances throughout China and the World to reunite with family. A tradition that goes hand-in-hand with the Moon Festival is the consumption of a pastry called a moon cake.

Moon Cakes

The consumption of moon cakes during the celebration came about at the end of the Yuang Dynasty when China was ruled by the Mongols. The people wanted to overthrow the rule of the Mongols, so rumors were spread that eating the moon cakes would cause illness and in an ingenious plan notes were placed in moon cakes that said “uprising, at the night of the Mid-autumn festival”. When they were sold in market to commoners they all got the note and on the night of the mid-autumn festival a tremendous rebellion broke out.

Chinese Roots in Hawaii

Hawaii‘s first contact with the Chinese came in 1788 when trading ships stopped in Hawaii on their return to China from the coast of America. Almost a decade later Chinese travelers brought the first sugar mill to Hawaii, and soon after Hawaii had its first Chinese resident.

Chinese Tourism in Hawaii

Chinese air carrier, China Eastern Airlines, has recently débuted a new flight that will touch down twice a week, and help to bring a long awaited boost in tourism. The Hawaiian Tourism authority has estimated a boost of roughly 91,000 arrivals to Hawaii for the year.

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