Discover one of China’s most important tradition, which has taken place two days ago.
If you are interested by the Chinese culture or had the chance to travel to China, you may have heard of the worldly renowned and spectacular Spring Festival. However, did you know that China’s second most important celebration in the country just took place a few days ago? Indeed, millions of Chinese people took time to gather with their family on 27th of September in order to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival. Discover the meaning of this important Chinese tradition which also takes place in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Vietnam, and the way it is celebrated nowadays!
The Mid-Autumn Festival has traditionally taken place on the 15th day of the 8th month of the Chinese calendar, which corresponds to a period between September and October. This celebration is deeply embedded in the Chinese culture, as it has been observed since the Shang Dynasty more than 10 centuries BC. This national celebration is also called “Moon Festival”, as it was a moment where sacrifices where made to the lunar goddess, which was seen as the reason behind successful reaping of rice and wheat.
Mid-autumn Festival nowadays
The Moon festival has slightly evolved over the years. As millions of people are now working in large cities far from their hometown, this celebration has now become an occasion for Chinese people to go home and gather with their family for a short moment. At this time, the moon is supposed to be the fullest of the year. The full moon is an important symbol in China, as a round shape signifies completeness and unity and thus represents a family’s harmony and togetherness. After a traditional dinner, families will sometimes go out to a specially decorated park in order to contemplate the full moon together. The fact that moon symbolizes unity and harmony also explains one of the hallmarks of the festival: sharing mooncakes with other members of the household. In some parts of the countries, a family will traditionally make its own mooncakes during the night of the festival, and the senior family member will be in charge of cutting and distribute them to each of relative in order to symbolize family gathering. Another tradition in some areas of the festival is to light some lanterns, which can be carried of thrown in the sky. Some of these lanterns will have riddles or prayers written on them. Dragon dances and fireworks are also popular customers in some parts of this immense country.
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