Chinese Mid-Autumn festival
History:Mid-Autumn Festival is an inherited custom of moon sacrificial ceremonies. The ancient Chinese observed that the movement of the moon had a close relationship with changes of the seasons and agricultural production. Hence, to express their thanks to the moon and celebrate the harvest, they offered a sacrifice to the moon on autumn days.
This custom could be traced back to the Zhou Dynasty
(1046 - 256 BC) and was more often practiced by the royal class on the
Autumnal Equinox. At that time, the custom had no festival background at
all. Later in the Sui (581 - 618 AD) and Tang
(618 - 907 AD) dynasties, social prosperity inspired the custom of
appreciating the moon on the moon sacrifice ceremony day among common
people and the two merged. The people expressed their faith more
liberally than the royal class and so they did not strictly hold their
activities on the Autumnal Equinox. So the 15th of the 8th lunar month,
the closest full moon day to the Autumnal Equinox, turned out to be a
better choice and was set as a fixed festival. This happened in the Tang
Dynasty. By the time of the Northern Song Dynasty (960 - 1127 AD), Mid-Autumn Festival had already become a widely celebrated folk festival.
Romantically speaking, the festival is to commemorate Chang E, who in order to protect her beloved husband’s elixir, ate it herself and flew to the moon.The Mid-Autumn festival deeply mean the family who always work on outside can be get together on this day and share the moon cake.
Moon Cake:The Moon Cake is the special food of Mid-Autumn Festival. On that day, people sacrifice moon cakes to the moon as an offering and eat them for celebration. Moon cakes come in various flavors according to the region. The moon cakes are round, symbolizing the reunion of a family, so it is easy to understand how the eating of moon cakes under the round moon can evoke longing for distant relatives and friends. Nowadays, people present moon cakes to relatives and friends to demonstrate that they wish them a long and happy life.
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