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Mid-Autumn Festival Traditions
Date:2013-09-10 16:15 From:yanzhu 【Print】 【Closed】 【Collection
The most common traditions for Mid-Autumn Festival are eating mooncakes and gazing at the moon. Ethnic minority people has their own customs to celebrate the festival.
A new way of celebrating in recent years, as mobile phone have become ubiquitous in China, is sending text messages to wish to each other well. See Mid-Autumns Greetings for some of the types of messages that are sent.
Gazing at the Moon
Mid-Autumn Festival Traditions -Hung mingThe origins of appreciating the moon as a custom can be traced back to the Tang Dynasty (618–907).
Nowadays, people still like appreciating the moon on Mid-Autumn Festival in China. Chinese family members have dinner together in the evening of Mid-Autumn Festival. After the dinner, they may talk about their work, the children, and their future plans. Sometimes, people go to a park to see the decorations made for the festival.
Eating Moon Cakes
Eating mooncakes is the most popular celebration of the day. Mooncakes are traditionally Chinese pastries, which is made of wheat flour and sweet stuffings such as sugar and lotus seed powder. Chinese Mooncake FestivalMoon cake is a symbol of family reunion, and the cake is traditionally cut into pieces that equal to the number of people in the family.
Making Chinese Mid-Autumn Lanterns
Mid-Autumn lanterns are not as colorful as those of the Lantern Festival. There is no big lantern party during Mid-Autumn Festival, but children like making colorful lanterns very much. They make lanterns of different shapes and let them float on the rivers. They don’t leave the riverside until the light of the lanterns disappears. Sometimes, they make Kongming (Hung Ming) lanterns, which can fly because the burning candles heat the air in the lantern. The lantern rises with the heated air.
Customs of Ethnic Minorities on Mid-Autumn Day
Customs of sacrificing and worshiping the moon equally flourish in minorities.
Dai Ethnic People
Autumn Moon Festival
On the evening of the Moon Festival, moon worship is popular among the Dai people in Yunnan.
Based on the Dai legend, the moon was once Yan Jian, the third son of the Emperor of Heaven. Yan Jian was a heroic and strong youth who led the Dai people to beat enemies and won Dai folks over. Later, after his unfortunate death, he became the moon and rose into the sky giving off the soft moonlight and giving light to the Dai people in the dark.
Every Mid-Autumn Festival, in order to hunt for festival game men go up onto the hills and shoot fire finches and pheasants with powder shotguns early in the morning. Young women are busy going to lakes and ponds catching fish, and preparing for festival dinners. Grannies are busy pounding glutinous rice and cooking food of various sizes. They put a circular glutinous rice pie on each corner of the table and imbed a stick of unlit joss stick in each pie. Once the moon comes up over the mountain forest, they will light the joss sticks and all family members will start to "worship the moon". Then they'll fire powder shotguns to the sky to honor Yan Jian, the hero. Finally, all family members will happily sit at the little square table, tasting food, talking, laughing and enjoying the moon. They don’t finish until they have enjoyed themselves to the full.
Oroqen Ethnic People
Chang'e flying to the moonIn sacrificing to the moon, Oroqen people put a basin of water in the open, set offerings there, and then kneel down before the basin and kowtow to the moon. Tu people fill the basin with clear water so that the reflection of the moon can project into the basin, and then, people ceaselessly strike the moon in the basin with little stones, which is called "striking the moon". 上一篇:Mid-Autumn Festival Stories 下一篇:Celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival in Shanghai