What is Mid-Autumn Festival?
The Mid-Autumn Festival has a series of names such as the Moon's Eve, Autumn Festival, Mid-autumn Festival, August Festival, August Meeting, Moon Chasing Festival, Moon Festival, Moon Worship Festival, Girl's Festival or Reunion Festival. In Chinese culture, the Mid-Autumn Festival is dated on the 15th day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar every year. Because this day coincides with the half of the third autumn, it is called "Mid-Autumn".
There are many theories about the origin of the Mid-Autumn Festival. One said it originated from the sacrificial activities of the ancient emperors. As far as agricultural production is concerned, autumn is the season of agricultural autumn harvest. In order to celebrate the joy of harvest, farmers set this day as a celebration festival.
Among the folks, the most widely circulated myth is the myth of Chang'e flying to the moon. Hou Yi shot the sun and rescued the people of Li people. Queen Mother Xi gave him a pill of elixir, and Chang'e was forced to take the elixir of life. After flying to the Moon Palace, Yi and Chang'e have suffered from separation since then. In order to commemorate Chang'e, the common people put Chang'e's favorite food in the yard and bless her from afar. Every August 15th, they also become common people. Looking forward to the reunion of the Mid-Autumn Festival.
What are the customs and activities of the Mid-Autumn Festival?
1. Sacrifice to the Moon, Appreciate the Moon
During the Mid-Autumn Festival, there is a custom of worshiping the moon. Every Mid-Autumn Festival night, people will set up a large incense table under the moon in the yard, and put moon cakes, watermelons, apples, plums, grapes and other offerings, including moon cakes and watermelons. It is indispensable. The whole family worships the moon in turn, praying for blessings, and friends and relatives will gather together to appreciate the full moon in Mid-Autumn Festival.
2. Eat moon cakes
Moon cakes and moon cakes are the custom of Mid-Autumn Festival. On this day, people will eat moon cakes to celebrate reunion. Moon cakes are also offerings to worship the moon god. Moon cakes and moon cakes are a symbol of family reunion on Mid-Autumn Festival. Mooncakes will be given to relatives and friends to taste together. As the saying goes: "August and 15th are full, Mid-autumn moon cakes are fragrant and sweet." Combining the Mid-Autumn Festival with mooncakes and mooncakes, it symbolizes family reunion.
3. Playing with lanterns
Although the Mid-Autumn Festival’s lantern festival is not as big as the Lantern Festival, it is also one of the three major lantern festivals in my country. Some people will put sky lanterns, which are Kongming lanterns, which are made of paper into a large lamp. The candle is burned under the lamp and the heat rises up to make the lamp fly in the air, attracting people to laugh and chase. Some children can also carry various kinds of lights The lanterns are played in the lower reaches of the moon. Various kinds of lanterns: sesame lamp, eggshell lamp, shaving lamp, straw lamp, fish scale lamp, chaff lamp, melon seed lamp and bird, animal, flower and tree lamp, etc., are amazing.
Many lanterns are hung in public places on the Mid-Autumn Festival Moon Night. People gather to guess the riddles written on the lanterns, because it is a favorite activity of most young men and women, and love stories are also spread at these activities, so Mid-Autumn Festival guessing lantern riddles A form of love between men and women has also been derived.
5. Drink sweet-scented osmanthus wine
Every Mid-Autumn Festival night, people look up at the bright moon, smell the bursts of osmanthus, think about Wu Gang cutting osmanthus, drink a cup of sweet-scented osmanthus honey, and celebrate family reunion, which has become a holiday enjoyment.
Every holiday season, LS Vision wishes people who live alone in a foreign land can feel the warmth of their relatives. We appreciate the same moon, entrust our thoughts to our family, and feel the family reunion. The moonlight is all hometown, and the footsteps are all life!
LS Vision team will also reunite with our families during Mid-Autumn Festival. Our holiday will start from September 19th to September 21st, and officially go to work on September 22nd. Happy Mid-autumn Festival!