Mid-Autumn Festival 2011 Is on the Way
China’s Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋节, zhōng qiū jié /jong chyoh jyeah/) is a day for family reunions much like Christmas in many countries and Thanksgiving in America. Besides that, it is also China's harvest festival. (The right picture is moon cakes, a traditional food eaten on Mid-Autumn Day.)
Every year, Mid-Autumn Day is celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month according to Chinese calendar. This year Mid-Autumn Day falls on September 12, and is a statutory holiday. Together with the Saturday (September 10) and the Sunday (September 11), it is counted as a three-day public holiday. .
The fullest and brightest moon of the year is siad to appear on Mid-Autumn night (a cultural myth stemming from the Chinese association of roundness and togetherness). The full moon symbolizes reunion (团团团圆圆 'groups have reunions in a circle') in Chinese traditional culture. On that night, almost every family in China has a family feast, and then goes to a place affording a good view to appreciate the moon, eating moon cakes and fresh fruits and chatting. Several of the most famous places for appreciating the full moon are: Lugou Bridge (Marco Polo Bridge) in Beijing, the Bund in Shanghai, West Lake in Hangzhou, the Li River in Guilin, the Yellow Mountains in Anhui Province, Mount Emei near Chengdu, Garden of Master of the Nets in Suzhou, Erhai Lake in Dali, Dongting Lake in Hunan Province , Mount Lao in Qingdao, Victoria Peak in Hong Kong, and the Three Gorges near Chongqing. China Highlights offers the service of customizing a China tour to includ appreciating the Mid-Autumn moon.
Below are several photos taken on former Mid-Autumn nights.
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