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China celebrates Mid-Autumn Festival

21.09.2021 222 просмотров

The Mid-Autumn Festival is celebrated in China with moongazing and family feasting.

Chinese people traditionally exchange mooncakes and good wishes on Tuesday's Mid-Autumn Festival. This is the second most important festival in the series of folk festivals after the New Year according to the traditional calendar. The holiday, which falls on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month, is associated with the completion of major agricultural work, which is why local press reports also refer to it as the Harvest Festival.

ancient Shang dynasty (1600-1046 BC). Under the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1279), the Mid-Autumn Festival was already on the official list of important events of the year.

In the popular mind, the holiday is firmly associated with "moon cakes", which, with their round shape, symbolize the fullness of happiness and material prosperity, joy of communication in the family circle. To emphasize this meaning, the hieroglyph "fu" - "happiness" is applied to the gingerbread with red food paint. On holiday cards, which in our time many Chinese send to each other through smartphones, they depict a “moon hare” crushing the powder of immortality in a mortar, and the moon goddess Chang E. programs.

The authorities, meanwhile, remind that the festive family meal should be plentiful, but not wasteful - in accordance with the call of the country's leader Xi Jinping to save food. A year ago, the President of the People's Republic of China, as reported by Xinhua News Agency, called on fellow citizens to show restraint in the issue of food consumption. , the Chinese leader said, calling the habit of wasting food "sad and shocking." But the full moon at night in China can be admired without any restrictions.

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