What the Chinese Do in the Mid-Autumn Day?

The Chinese people usually invite friends and relatives to hold family reunion feasts at night. After that, they sacrifice moon cakes, fruits and wine to the full moon at the courtyards. Each people will make a vow to the moon at this time…
By: Ripple Sage Tan
 
 
Sept. 9, 2009 - PRLog -- In the Mid-autumn Festival, the Chinese people usually invite friends and relatives to hold family reunion feasts at night. After that, they sacrifice moon cakes, fruits and wine to the full moon at the courtyards. Each people will make a vow to the moon at this time…


Mid-Autumn Festival is called ‘Zhongqiu Jie’ in Chinese. The Chinese people usually call it ‘Zhongqiu’ (Mid-autumn). The word is firstly found in the famous ancient book "Zhou Li" (The Zhou Rituals, a classic of the Confucianism telling the rituals in the Zhou Dynasty). However, the festival was not officially celebrated as a tradition until the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127). It has become as popular as the Spring Festival since the Ming and Qing dynasties. Celebrations have been continued ever since and more customs for marking this occasion have been formed.

In the Mid-autumn Festival, the Chinese people usually invite friends and relatives to hold family reunion feasts at night. After that, they sacrifice moon cakes, fruits and wine to the full moon at the courtyards. Each people will make a vow to the moon at this time, young man hope to make a beautiful girl friend, conversely, the young girl hope to make a handsome boy friend and become more beautiful; children hope they can take a first class in their study; parents hope their children have a good luck in everything. After the vows, people begin to admire the full moon, eat moon cakes, drinking, chatting even dancing under the moon. In China, these are very common things to be done in the Mid-autumn festival. Actually, if you travel to different areas in China you will find some different way of celebration such as: putting pomelo rinds on one's head, carrying the alight lanterns, lighting lanterns on towers, floating sky lanterns, burning incenses to the moon, planting Mid-Autumn trees, collecting dandelion leaves and distributing them evenly among the family members, perform the Fire Dragon Dances…these activities are so interesting that many foreigners hope to enjoy the festival with the Chinese families when they visit China during the Mid-Autumn Festival.


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