Do you know the Mid-Autumn Festival in China?

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Have you heard about the Mid-Autumn Festival? And for this festival, how much do you know? We have sorted out some knowledge points about it. Now let’s talk about it…

Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the most important festivals in China. Also called the Moon Festival or Mooncake Festival.

How to Celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival?

Particularly on the evening of Mid-Autumn Festival, Chinese people get together with their family. They eat dinner together with their extended family at the grandparents’ home. After dinner, the family traditionally offer sacrifices to the moon, in the belief that the moon will bring them good luck. The offerings may include mooncakes and symbolic fruits. If the weather is favorable, they then appreciate the bright moon while eating mooncake.

Other celebration activities include lantern shows and guessing lantern riddles. The special Mid-Autumn customs of China’s ethnic minorities are also very interesting.

What is the special food of Mid-Autumn Festival?

Mooncakes are the must-eat Mid-Autumn food in China. They are a traditional Chinese pastry. Chinese people see in the roundness of mooncakes a symbol of reunion and happiness.

Other foods eaten during the festival are harvest foods, such as crabs, pumpkins, pomeloes, and grapes. People enjoy them at their freshest, most nutritious, and auspicious meanings are particularly associated with round foods.

What do China’s neighbors do?

In many of China’s neighboring nations Mid-Autumn is widely celebrated. Many interesting activities with unique local features are held.

In Singapore, Malaysia, and the Philippines, countries with many ethnic Chinese citizens, celebrations are more Chinese, such as lighting lanterns and dragon dances.

In other countries, such as Japan, South Korea, and Vietnam, which have also been influenced deeply by Chinese culture, new celebrations have been derived from their unique cultures.

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