Neil Armstrong may have been the first man to land on the moon, but the Chinese have homage for more than 3,000 years. Chinese emperors of old began worshipping the moon in autumn, hoping and believing that doing so would bring them another year's harvest. One that was abundant and fruitful, of course. Finding that the best time to do so was on the 15th night of the 8th month, moon worshipping extended to high officials and rich families whose participation was alongside that of the Emperor. Setting large tables in the middle of the yard and placing fruits and other various Chinese snacks atop, these offerings to the moon enveloped by its glowing light was a practice executed for many years before it became an official tradition.
Beginning with the Tang Dynasty in 618, the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival was named and laid down in the books as a sanctioned annual celebration. By this time, the practice was no longer for the wealthy, but also the common citizens, all of whom partook in the music, dance, and merriment of praying to the moon for a bountiful year of harvest.