Mid Autumn Festival: do you remember these customs?

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 Mid Autumn Festival: do you remember these customs?


Mid Autumn Festival: source

According to historical records, the festival of offering sacrifices to the moon by emperors in ancient times was on the 15th of the eighth month of the lunar calendar, which coincided with the half of the third Autumn Festival.

It is also known as Autumn Festival, August Festival, August meeting and Mid Autumn Festival because it is in autumn and August. It is also known as reunion festival and daughters Day because it has beliefs and related customs to pray for reunion.

Mid Autumn Festival: worship the moon

Ancient worship of the moon, our people in ancient times have Autumn Twilight, evening moon custom.

The evening moon, that is, worshipping the moon god, setting up a big incense table, offering moon cakes, watermelons, apples, red dates, plums, grapes and other offerings, of which moon cakes and watermelon are absolutely indispensable.

Mid Autumn Festival: worship God

In ancient times, there was a custom of worshipping the earth God in autumn.

In the capital of the Northern Song Dynasty, on the 15th night of August, people from all over the city, rich and poor, old and young, had to wear adult clothes, burn incense and worship the moon, express their wishes and pray for the blessing of the moon god.

Mid Autumn Festival: singing and dancing

It is said that the ugly girl of the state of Qi had no salt in her childhood. When she was young, she worshipped the moon devoutly. When she grew up, she entered the palace with extraordinary moral character, but she was not favored. On August 15, one year, the emperor saw her in the moonlight and thought that she was beautiful and outstanding. After that, she was made queen. Thus came the worship of the moon in the Mid Autumn Festival.

Change in the middle of the moon is famous for her beauty, so the girl worships the moon and wishes to look like Change, face like the bright moon.

Mid Autumn Festival: literati appreciate the moon

The beginning of water melody

When will the moon be bright? Ask Qingtian about the wine.

Id like to ride the wind to fly home. Yet I fear the crystal and jade mansions are much too high and cold for me,

Dance to make clear the shadow, how like in the world.

The moon rounds the red mansion Stoops to silk-pad doors, Shines upon the sleepless Bearing no grudge.

Why does the moon tend to be full when people are apart?

The moon waxes and wanes, which is hard to complete in ancient times.

May we all be blessed with longevity. Though far apart, we are still able to share the beauty of the moon together..

Mid Autumn Festival: Ballads

The moonlight shines on the Valley field,

The rice harvest is good this year,

Every family enjoys pottery.

When the moon is bright, eat big cakes.

Dont eat big cakes,

Do not eat small cakes.

After eating the cake, the weather is favorable,

Mid Autumn Festival: Legend

The most famous is Change goes to the moon.

Change is the wife of Hou Yi, a hero who shoots the sun. The queen mother thanks Hou Yi for his work and presents him with immortal medicine. But Change took the elixir, unable to stay on the ground, flew to the moon.

Li Shangyin once lamented Change in a poem: Change should regret stealing the elixir. Her heart is blue and blue at night.

But in front of the palace is heavily guarded, can not enter, only outside overlooking Changan imperial city. At this time, suddenly heard the fairy sound bursts, Qingli Qijue, Wan Zhuan moving! Emperor Xuanzong of the Tang Dynasty was familiar with temperament, so he remembered it by heart.

Later, Xuanzong recalled the music and song of the Moon Palace Xiane, and composed and choreographed his own music. This is the famous music of neon clothes and feathers in history.

Bai Juyi wrote in the song of everlasting regret: Yu Yanghe stirred to break the song of neon and feather clothes.

Mid Autumn Festival: moon cake

It seems that Chinese festivals always have an indescribable relationship with eating. What we must eat in the Mid Autumn Festival is moon cakes.

The moon cake is round, and was given the meaning of reunion is the Ming Dynasty, at that time the moon cake is very popular.

Shen Bang also recorded in his miscellany of Wanshu that the production of moon cakes in Beijing during the Mid Autumn Festival in the Ming Dynasty was a great event. The market places even take the fruit as the filling, which has a cake worth hundreds of dollars

Emperor Jing Wu Lue also said: on the fifteenth day of the eighth month, the cake will be round, the melon will be wrong teeth, the petals carved like lotus flowers When a woman returns to her husbands home, she will return to her husbands home every day.

Mid Autumn Festival, at this moment of you, with your family? Are you reunited? Welcome to leave a message below and tell me your mid autumn festival story

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