What is the Mid-Autumn Festival Zhōngqiūjié 中秋节 in China?

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The Mid-Autumn Festival (Zhōngqiūjié 中秋节) means family reunions (tuánjù 团聚) for the Chinese. The festival is celebrated when the moon is believed to be the largest or at its fullest.
The full moon is seen in China as a symbol of prosperity, happiness and harmony.
During the festival, the Chinese enjoy different types of "moon cakes" (yuèbǐng 月饼)
along with hot Chinese tea.

 

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WHEN DID THE CHINESE START TO CELEBRATE THE MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL?

 

The Mid-Autumn Festival has a history of over 3000 years, and it is a festival that can be dated back to moon worship in the Shang Dynasty (1600-1046 BC).

It has been an important festival that many poets have written about, and there are many popular stories and legends about the Mid-Autumn Festival in Chinese society.

Thus, it can be said that the Mid-Autumn Festival has been explained and celebrated by generations of Chinese.

 

happy family sitting on hill and watching the moon and star .Celebrate Mid-autumn festival

 

 

TRADITIONS DURING THE MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL IN CHINESE

 

shǎngyuè 赏月   to admire the full moon
diǎn dēnglóng 灯笼 灯笼   to light lanterns
wán huādēng 花灯 花灯   to play with coloured lanterns
chī yuèbǐng 吃 月饼   to eat moon cakes
tuánjù 团聚   to reunite

 

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