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Happy Mid-Autumn Festival ​

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival ​

2020-10-12

Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as Moon Festival, Moonlight Festival, Moon Eve, Autumn Festival, Mid-Autumn Festival, Moon Worship Festival, Moon Niang Festival, Moon Festival, Reunion Festival, etc., is a traditional Chinese folk festival. The Mid-Autumn Festival originated from the worship of celestial phenomena and evolved from the autumn eve of the ancient times. At first, the festival of "Jiyue Festival" was on the 24th solar term "autumn equinox" in the Ganzhi calendar. Later it was adjusted to the 15th of the Xia calendar (lunar calendar), and in some places the Mid-Autumn Festival was set on the 16th of the Xia calendar. day. Since ancient times, the Mid-Autumn Festival has had folk customs such as worshipping the moon, admiring the moon, eating moon cakes, playing with lanterns, admiring osmanthus, and drinking osmanthus wine.


The Mid-Autumn Festival originated in ancient times and was popular in the Han Dynasty. It was finalized in the early years of the Tang Dynasty and prevailed after the Song Dynasty. The Mid-Autumn Festival is a synthesis of autumn seasonal customs, and most of the festival factors contained in it have ancient origins. The Mid-Autumn Festival uses the full moon to signify the reunion of people. It is a rich and precious cultural heritage for yearning for the hometown, the love of loved ones, and praying for a harvest and happiness.


The Mid-Autumn Festival, the Spring Festival, the Ching Ming Festival, and the Dragon Boat Festival are also known as the four traditional Chinese festivals. Influenced by Chinese culture, Mid-Autumn Festival is also a traditional festival for some countries in East Asia and Southeast Asia, especially local Chinese and overseas Chinese. On May 20, 2006, the State Council included the first batch of national intangible cultural heritage lists.


There are many interesting activities during the Mid-Autumn Festival


Admire the moon

The custom of admiring the moon comes from offering sacrifices to the moon, and serious sacrifices have become relaxing entertainment. It is said that the moon is the closest to the earth on this night, and the moon is the largest, roundest and brightest, so from ancient times to the present, there has been a custom of drinking and admiring the moon; the wife who returns to her natal family must return to her husband’s house every day to imply consummation and good luck. The written record of folk Mid-Autumn Festival moon appreciation activities appeared in the Wei and Jin dynasties, but it was not a practice. In the Tang Dynasty, the Mid-Autumn Festival was very popular for admiring the moon and playing with the moon, and many poets wrote poems about chanting the moon.


Guessing

Many lanterns are hung in public places on the Mid-Autumn Festival Moon Night. People gather to guess the riddles written on the lanterns, because it is a favorite activity of most young men and women, and love stories are also spread at these activities, so Mid-Autumn Festival guessing lantern riddles It has also been derived from a form of love between men and women.


Eat moon cakes

Moon cakes, also called moon cakes, harvest cakes, palace cakes, reunion cakes, etc., are offerings to worship the moon god during the Mid-Autumn Festival in ancient times. Moon cakes were originally used as offerings to worship the moon god. Later, people gradually took the Mid-Autumn Festival to admire the moon and taste moon cakes as a symbol of family reunion. Moon cakes symbolize reunion, and people regard them as festive food, and use them to offer sacrifices to relatives and friends. Since its development, eating moon cakes has become a must-have custom for the Mid-Autumn Festival in all parts of the north and south of China. On this day, people eat moon cakes to show "reunion".


I wish you a happy Mid-Autumn Festival.



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