The Moon Festival is one of the largest and most important holiday celebrations in China. Like our own Thanksgiving holiday, the Moon Festival is a time for gathering with family and friends to celebrate your blessings and to give thanks. Why is the Moon at the center of this important celebration? Because-in the days before clocks or watches-the moon was the most accurate way to measure time. Phases of the moon provided Chinese farmers with a vital guide for planting, harvesting, and moving cattle between winter and summer grazing pastures. The moon came to symbolize the giving of life itself. To this very day, it remains a powerful symbol of the harvest, as well as the blessings of bounty, plenty, and good fortune.