watch the full moon to celebrate the festival
ZhongQiuJie”, which is also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival, is celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar.
It is a time for family members to congregate, admire the full moon and eat mooncakes. The full moon is a symbol of reunion.ZhongQiuJie”
probably began as a harvest festival. The festival was later given a mythological flavour with legends of Chang-E, the beautiful lady in the moon.
How the Chinese Celebrate Mid-Autumn?
It is a time for family members and loved ones to congregate and enjoy the full moon - an auspicious symbol of abundance,harmony and luck.
Adults will usually indulge in fragrant mooncakes of many varieties with a good cup of piping hot Chinese tea,while the little ones run around with
their brightly-lit lanterns.
Why Mid-Autumn Festival is Celebrated and How it Started？
In ancient times, people had the Mid-Autumn Festival in order to pray for the moon god to play a beneficial role in agriculture, or to celebrate the
harvest, to thank the moon God's blessing.The 15th day of the 8th lunar month is the middle of autumn, so it is called Mid-Autumn Festival. The
Mid-Autumn Festival comes from people's worship of the moon. China is an ancient agricultural country. The ancients believed that the movement
of the moon.had a great relationship with agricultural production and seasonal changes after long-term observation. Therefore, offering sacrifices to
the moon became an important sacrificial activity to pray for the long-term stability of the country.
"Rites of Zhou" records that in the Zhou Dynasty of China,
there was a night of the Mid-Autumn Festival to beat drums and compose poems to "greet the cold" activities, the Son of The Emperor of Zhou held
the "Evening month" ceremony every autumn.During the Spring and Autumn and warring States periods, the gods of the sun and moon were called
the East Emperor gong and the West Queen Mother. The later moon goddess Chang 'e is derived from The Queen mother of the West (originally named
Changxi).Since the Northern Wei Dynasty, Sui and Tang Dynasties, all dynasties have the autumn equinox ceremony.
People in order to pray for the moon god to play a beneficial role in agriculture, or to celebrate the harvest, to thank the moon God's blessing, they pay more attention
to the worship of the moon, worship customs, Beijing's Moon Temple Park is the Ming and Qing dynasties central government altar field. In the long course of history,
the custom of appreciating the moon appeared when people worshipped the moon.
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