ALL ABOUT MID

     
Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the lantern or moon festival, takes place annually on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar. This year, that day falls on September 10. Khổng lồ celebrate the holiday, families and friends gather to lớn revel in festivities lượt thích feasting on mooncakes,playing with lanterns, and moon gazing. But, while we’re no strangers to this yearly affair, what is Mid-Autumnreally about? How did it all begin? and why vì we even celebrate it? khổng lồ answer your questions about this holiday, we’re here khổng lồ let you in on everything from the festival"s time-honouredtraditions to its history & legend. So read up và get acquainted with the holiday.

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Although thetrue origin of Mid-Autumn Festival is not known for certain, history records show that moon-worshipping practices began over 3,000 years ago in the Shang Dynasty (c. 1600-1046 BC). But, the festival only became an official celebration in trung quốc during the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD) when ancient emperors of trung quốc would host a feast to lớn make offerings lớn deities và the moon in celebration of the year’s harvest. After the Tang Dynasty, Mid-Autumn Festival also became a time of the year for the emperor khổng lồ reward his officials for their hard work và contributions. Over time, it evolved into a festival of many traditions: lớn give thanks khổng lồ the moon, pray for better luck, fortune và fertility, và reunite with the familyto celebrate and admire the moon in its full glory.

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There are many versionsof the myth and story behind Mid-Autumn Festival, but the most well-known revolves around an archer nhân vật named Hou Yi & his wife Chang’e.

As the legend goes, Hou Yi was rewarded with an elixir of immortality after shooting down nine out of the ten sunsthat ravaged the land with drought và disaster. However, when Hou Yi’s apprentice, Feng Meng, attempted khổng lồ steal the elixir, Chang’e stopped him by drinking the elixir herself.After doing so, she becameimmortal và floated to lớn the moon, never to lớn be seenby her beloved husband again. After learning what had happened to Chang’e, Hou Yi would prepare a feast on this day every year when the moon is believed to lớn be the fullest, in hopes of catching a glimpse of his wife’s shadow.


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Tai Hang Fire rồng DanceThe Tai Hang Fire dragon Danceisone of the most spectacular traditions during the Mid-Autumn Festival in Hong Kong. Legend has it that in the 1880s, the villagers in Tai Hang successfully chased off plague & evil spirits by parading the village with a straw rồng covered with incense. To lớn commemorate the victory, the villagers would perform a fire rồng dance through the alleys and streets of Tai Hang every year since. The Tai Hang dragon is a massive structure is covered inthousands of incense sticks burning on its body, made out of hemp rope, pearl straw, và ratton & requireshundreds of performers khổng lồ prop it up. Today, this public sự kiện has become one of the most famous annual rituals in Hong Kong và shines as a testament to the city’s rich cultural traditions.

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LanternsLanterns are no doubt one of the oldest traditions of the Mid-Autumn Festival. For thousands of years, communities would come together during theholiday to lớn write wishes on sky lanterns (the type that floats up into the sky) & light them in honour of the legendary goddess of the moon, Chang’e, hoping that she would bless her worshippers with luck.

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Moon gazingEach year, there are three important days lớn gaze at the moon among the Chinese community: on the eve of Mid-Autumn Festivalwhen we welcome the moon; on the day of the festival to lớn admire the moon; và on the following day to lớn send off the moon. Thisannual affair is a popular tradition that still remains in our modern city and every year, families, friends, and couples flock lớn the best spots in town to admire the beautiful moon.