2021 “Mid-Autumn Festival: A Moon moment to Remember”
The Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the most important traditional festivals in China. The Mid-Autumn Festival together with the Spring Festival, Qingming Festival and Dragon Boat Festival, they are called China’s four biggest traditional festivals. A famous quote that describes the Mid-autumn festival is: “As the bright moon shines over the sea, from far away we will be sharing this moment together.”
Every year on the fifteenth day of the eighth month of the Chinese lunar calendar, the full moon is hanging in the sky symbolizes the reunion and the harmony. On this day, the Chinese people will take a day off and return to their hometown to reunite with their relatives. In ancient China, festival time was mostly related to the Moon’s movement. The moon symbolizes softness and brightness, and brings joy to people. People see the Moon as God’s witness of themselves. This harmony of man and nature shows the unique emotion of Chinese people, and the origin of the Mid-Autumn Festival. Ancient sacrifice and worship of the Moon and the reunion of the people symbolized by the full moon, contributed to the tradition of celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival. The common customs of the Mid-Autumn Festival include family members eating dinner together, sharing and eating mooncakes, worshiping the moon, displaying lanterns, and so on. This festival is a rich and precious cultural heritage for yearning for the hometown, the love of loved ones, and hope for a harvest and happiness.
On the occasion of this year’s Mid-Autumn festival, the China Cultural Center in Copenhagen will kick off a series of virtual activities from September 16th to October 6th on our social media platforms. This event primarily revolves around four themes: “Classic Quotes of Mid-Autumn Festival”, “The Food of Mid-Autumn Festival”, “Ode to Music of Mid-Autumn Festival” and “Poetry and Painting of Mid-Autumn Festival”.
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