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Mid-Autumn Festival 2017

Wishing A Happy Mid Autumn Festival to you and your family

SP Lim

 

The Mid-Autumn Festival (traditional Chinese中秋節simplified Chinese中秋节Vietnamesetết Trung Thu) is a harvest festival celebrated by ethnic Chinese and Vietnamese people. The festival is held on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar with full moon at night, corresponding to late September to early October of the Gregorian calendar with a full moon at night.

Mainland China listed the festival as “intangible cultural heritage” in 2006 and a public holiday in 2008. It is also a public holiday in Taiwan and in Hong Kong. In Vietnamese culture, it is considered the second-most important holiday tradition after Tết.

Due to ancient China’s cultural influence, Mid-Autumn Festival spread to other parts of Asia. Mooncakes have also appeared in western countries as an exotic sweet.

From Wikipedia.

Mid Autumn Festival 2017

Mid Autumn Festival 2017

Mid Autumn Festival 2017

The Mid-Autumn Festival is also known by other names, such as:

  • Moon Festival or Harvest Moon Festival, because of the celebration’s association with the full moon on this night, as well as the traditions of moon worship and moon gazing.
  • Mooncake Festival, because of the popular tradition of eating mooncakes on this occasion.
  • Jūng-chāu Jit (中秋節), official name in Cantonese.
  • Tết Trung Thu, official name in Vietnamese.
  • Zhōngqiū Jié (中秋节), the official name in Mandarin Chinese.
  • Lantern Festival, a term sometimes used in Singapore and Malaysia, which is not to be confused with the Lantern Festival in China that occurs on the 15th day of the first month of the Chinese calendar.
  • Reunion Festival, in earlier times, a woman in China took this occasion to visit her parents before returning to celebrate with her husband and his parents.
  • Children’s Festival, in Vietnam, because of the emphasis on the celebration of children.

 

Mid Autumn Festival 2017

Mid Autumn Festival 2017

Mid Autumn Festival 2017

Mid Autumn Festival 2017

Meanings of the festival

The festival celebrates three fundamental concepts that are closely connected:

  • Gathering, such as family and friends coming together, or harvesting crops for the festival. It’s said the moon is the brightest and roundest on this day which means family reunion. And this is the main reason why people think mid-autumn is important.
  • Thanksgiving, to give thanks for the harvest, or for harmonious unions
  • Praying (asking for conceptual or material satisfaction), such as for babies, a spouse, beauty, longevity, or for a good future

Traditions and myths surrounding the festival are formed around these concepts, although traditions have changed over time due to changes in technology, science, economy, culture, and religion.[10] It’s about well being together.

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