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The Mid Autumn Festival Is Drawing Near!

Sep 21, 2018

Mid Autumn Festival is a traditional festival of China. It used to be as important as Spring Festival is usually celebrated in September or October. This festival is to celebrate the harvest and to enjoy the beautiful moon light. 

The festival has a long history. In ancient China, emperors followed the rite of offering sacrifices to the sun in spring and to the moon in autumn. Historical books of the Zhou Dynasty had had the word "Mid-Autumn". Later aristocrats and literary figures helped expand the ceremony to common people. They enjoyed the full, bright moon on that day, worshipped it and expressed their thoughts and feelings under it. By the Tang Dynasty (618-907), the Mid-Autumn Festival had been fixed, which became even grander in the Song Dynasty (960-1279). In the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties, it grew to be a major festival of China.

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In this day,people ,espically family members will have a happy get-together.So Chinese people vaule this festival for its important meaning of "reunion".And the mooncake is the symbolic food.It represents the "reunion" just like the full moon.  

For generations,moon cakes have been made with sweet fillings of nuts,mashed red beans,lotus-seed paste or Chinese dates,wrapped in a pastry. Sometimes a cooked egg yolk can be found in the middle of the rich tasting dessert. People compare moon cakes to the plum pudding and fruit cakes which are served in the English holiday seasons.

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Would you like to go and admire the beauty of the moon with me?