Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival

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Mid-Autumn Festival is a celebration for Chinese all over the world.

The Mid-Autumn Festival is a harvest festival that occurs on the fifteenth day of the eighth month in the lunar calendar. It usually falls between the second week of September and the second week of October. It is also known as Moon Festival or Zhongqiu Jie(中秋节) in Chinese.

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Mid-Autumn Festival Traditions, Customs and Activities

There are various ways to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival. It includes eating mooncakes under the moonlight, lighting lanterns and carrying them on the streets, planting trees, and Dragon dances performed by companies . Usually families gather for reunion dinner and afterwards they go outside to watch the celebrations organized in the cities, such as music, dances and the traditional Dragon dances.

In some areas there are celebrations with lanterns, releasing the sky lantern into the night sky and lanterns floating in rivers and ponds. One impressive event happens in the Qian tang river, in East China, as the moon, the sun and the earth gravitational pulls have greater effect on the sea during this time, the river starts to flood quickly and makes an impressive sight as the flood rises.

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Moon cakes were used once as a way to deliver secret messages from the Mongolian Emperor that was under the rule of his enemies to his loyal armies and get ready for an attack. So people still today eat these yummy cakes shaped like full moons. It is also classic to visit temples and leave fruits to the gods, especially to Chang’e, who is believed settle in the moon.

The Mid-Autumn festival is vibrant, exciting and enjoyable for all who celebrate.

 

By En Yu (MYP3)

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