The Mid-Autumn Festival : A traditional festival for family reunion and yearning
The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival and the Reunion Festival, is a traditional Chinese folk festival. During the Mid-Autumn Festival, there are few clouds and fog, and the moon is bright. In addition to a series of activities such as admiring the moon, worshipping the moon, and eating moon cakes, some places also have folk customs such as osmanthus appreciation and drinking osmanthus wine.Since the development of traditional festivals, eating moon cakes has become an essential custom for the Mid-Autumn Festival in all parts of my country. In addition to moon cakes, a variety of seasonal fruits are also a delicacy on Mid-Autumn Night.
What is the origin of Mid-Autumn Festival?
The Mid-Autumn Festival originated from the worship of celestial phenomena in the ancient times; it was popular in the Han Dynasty, which was a period of economic and cultural exchange and integration, and cultural exchanges in various places were integrated and spread; it was finalized in the Tang Dynasty and prevailed after the Song Dynasty.Sacrificing the moon has a long history. It is an ancient worship activity for the "Moon God". The "autumn equinox" of the twenty-four solar terms is the ancient "moon festival".During the Mid-Autumn Festival, people worship the moon in the sky, and they are more given the color of missing their loved ones, which is a precious cultural heritage.
The Mid-Autumn Festival, the Spring Festival, the Ching Ming Festival, and the Dragon Boat Festival are also known as the four traditional Chinese festivals. Influenced by Chinese culture, the Mid-Autumn Festival is also a traditional festival for some Southeast Asian countries, especially local overseas Chinese. The Mid-Autumn Festival has been listed as a national legal holiday since 2008.
What are the customs of the Mid-Autumn Festival?
There are many games in the Mid-Autumn Festival, the first is to play lanterns. The Mid-Autumn Festival lanterns are mostly concentrated in southern China. For example, at the Foshan Lantern Festival, there are all kinds of colorful lights: Sesame lamp, Eggshell lamp, Straw lamp, Bird and beast lamp, etc., which are amazing.In Guangxi, there are simple grapefruit lanterns and pumpkin lanterns. Although they are simple, the advantage is that they are easy to make and are popular with children.
Many lanterns were hung at the Mid-Autumn Festival Lantern Festival, and people gathered together to guess the riddles written on the lanterns. This is a favorite activity of most young men and women, and love stories are also spread at these lantern festivals. Therefore, the Mid-Autumn Festival lantern riddles has also been derived from a form of love between men and women.
Since the Ming and Qing Dynasties, moon cakes have been popular in the folk Mid-Autumn Festival. In the process of giving gifts such as moon cakes to each other, people harmonized family relations and social relations such as relatives, friends and neighbors. In contemporary society, the most complete custom of the Mid-Autumn Festival is to give moon cakes, so moon cakes have become a symbol of the Mid-Autumn Festival. In the old days, moon cakes were mostly handmade by the people themselves. Later, professional workshops appeared in cities, and the making of moon cakes became more professional.The commercialization of moon cakes has provided convenience to people's life, and the joint promotion of businesses and the media has also created a modern Mid-Autumn Festival atmosphere to a considerable extent. For traditional festivals, such periodic publicity activities are beneficial.
Traditional festivals are the promoters of national cohesion and have mysterious powers.From the moon in the sky to the reunion of the world, this is the unique way of thinking of the Chinese. Consummation is the life goal that people hope for, and reunion is a realm of human relations that Chinese people particularly pursue. Therefore, the pursuit of reunion is not only a practical need, but also a human psychological need.