The Mid-autumn Festival (中秋节) finds its origins in the myth of Chang'e, a goddess who lives on the moon with her pet bunny. The custom of praying to the moon for luck and safety on this Day has been handed down since thousands of years. Now, most Chinese people still love the beautiful legend of Chang'e, which represents an ideal of freedom in a heaven of peace, far from the turmoil of the world.
Because of the clarity and brightness of the Mid-autumn Day's moon, the moon's roundness served as a symbol of family unity and harmony among the ancient Chinese. For thousands of years Chinese people have described joys and sorrows, partings and reunions, and vicissitudes of life in terms of a full moon or a crescent moon, as shown in phrases such as Huahaoyueyuan (花好月
圆， blooming flowers and full moon). In ancient times, when communication was not as easy as it now is, the bright round moon of the MidAutumn Festival often reminded travelers or those residing far away from home of their hometowns.