In Chinese the word Moon is synonymous with Month. In fact it is the same character, 月 as the Chinese uses the lunar calendar. When a Tang Dynasty poet mentions the third day of the sixth month, we know that he was referring to summer, when the moon is new, as a full moon always occurs in the middle of the month.
I Hear the Cicadas on the Third Night of the Sixth Moon by Bai Ju Yi (772 – 846)
A clear dew falls on the fragrant lotus
As a good wind moves the willows
On the third night of a slight moon
New cicadas drum their first sound
The sudden sound saddens this northerner
who yearns for Dongjing as he quietly listens
I have a home with a bamboo forrest
Where the cicadas will call though I have gone
I wonder if the moon is hanging over the pond
And who would be moving the little boats along?
(c)Mary Tang 鄧許文蘭2018