Did the Chinese Know About the Feast of Tabernacles?

By COGwriter

Arrived safetly home late last night after about 20 hours of traveling from Trinidad and Tobago (where my family and I observed the Feast of Tabernacles).

The following news item I received in an email caught my attention:

Celebrate fall – the Chinese way

Chinese people around the world celebrate autumn by gathering together and gazing at the full moon.

Christian Science Monitor – Sept 25, 2007

In America each fall, families gather around a table laden with turkey and pumpkin pie to celebrate Thanksgiving. But did you know that in China, people have an autumn celebration of their own?

Each fall, in China, families gather on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, or Moon Festival. (It’s called Zhongqiu Jie in Chinese.)

The Chinese use a lunar calendar to determine on which day the Mid-Autumn Festival will fall each year.  This year, the festivities occur Sept. 25, when the full moon lights up the night sky.

Comments by Cogwriter:

The biblical Feast of Tabernacles also begins with a full moon.  One reader of this page suggested to me in an email that perhaps the ancient Chinese had some knowledge of the Feast of Tabernacles and that this is a remnant of that.

While I cannot determine that, I can say that there are a variety of indications in ancient Chinese writings and practices which strongly show biblical connections that many do not seem to realize at this time.

For example, notice the following Chinese symbol of a tower.

tga tsan toe dzjen ie kou
Tower = Grass + Clay + Mankind + 1 + Mouth

The tower of Babel was built with bricks (grass and clay) and humans originally had one language (or mouth). It is possible that this symbol is showing that the ancient Chinese recognized a connection to the biblical tower of Babel.

Anyway, several articles of possibly related interest may include:

China, Its Biblical Past and Future, Part 1: Genesis and Chinese Characters This article provides information showing that the Chinese peoples must have known about various accounts in the Book of Genesis up until their dispersion after the Tower of Babel.
China, Its Biblical Past and Future, Part 2: The Sabbath and Some of God’s Witness in China When did Christianity first come to China? And is there early evidence that they observed the seventh day sabbath?
China, Its Biblical Past and Future, Part 3: China in Prophecy What is Ahead for China? What will happen to nearly all the Chinese?

Get news like the above sent to you on a daily basis

Your email will not be shared. You may unsubscribe at anytime.