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Moon Festival

Listed under Festivals in Beijing, China.

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China’s Moon Festival is the second most important occasion on the Chinese calendar after Chinese New Year. It’s a 3000 year old tradition, celebrating the summer’s harvest under the light of the autumn full moon, so family feasting is the main way of marking the date. Eating moon cakes and Chinese grapefruits, which are also very moonlike, under the moon is the most authentic way to ‘do’ the Moon Festival, but lighting lots of lanterns in your house, burning incense, planting trees and giving the gift of dandelion leaves are also ways to celebrate. This is a big occasion so parades, lighting lanterns in the streets, parties, feasts and dragon dancing will be excused as well – after all this is also a celebration of an ancient love story between the sun and the moon, which is why on this day around the 15th of September the moon is so luminous, it’s the only day of the year they get to be together.

Celebrated all over China and in many other places where Chinese traditions hold strong sway.

Written by  World Reviewer Staff.

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