中秋节 Mid-Autumn Festival 2018

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Today is Mid-Autumn Festival which is celebrated on the 15th of the eighth month of the Chinese lunar calendar.In China, the government designated this festival as a public holiday in 2008 in order to promote traditional culture.

The festival is a time to worship and admire the full moon, a time for family reunion and remembering one’s hometown, guessing lantern riddles and eating mooncakes. The osmanthus blooms at this time and it is traditional to make them into osmanthus wine and drink it during the festival. According to legend, besides Chang E and the Jade Rabbit, there is an osmanthus tree on the moon which cannot be cut down because it heals from any cuts.

Here in Singapore, there is a trend of fancy mooncake packaging containers which can be reused after the mooncakes are eaten. My friend was mightily tempted by the pastel tiffin containers in the last picture. This being Singapore, durian(native to this part of Southeast Asia) mooncakes made from well-known durian cultivars such as D24 and Maoshan Wang are popular as you can see from the fake durians on display.

 

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Mid Autumn Festival 2018 falls on September 24th (Monday). The holiday in China starts from September 22 to 24, 2018. Due to the pleasant autumn weather this is a peak time for travel. Falling on the 15th day of the 8th month according to the Chinese lunar calendar, the Mid-Autumn Festival is the second grandest festival in China after the Chinese New Year. It takes its name from the fact that it is always celebrated in the middle of the autumn season. The day is also known as the Moon Festival, as at that time of the year the moon is at its roundest and brightest. Mid-Autumn Festival is an inherited custom of moon sacrificial ceremonies. The ancient Chinese observed that the movement of the moon had a close relationship with changes of the seasons and agricultural production. Hence, to express their thanks to the moon and celebrate the harvest, they offered a sacrifice to the moon on autumn days.

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