In our country, the 15th day of the eighth lunar month of each year is called the Mid-Autumn Festival, and it is also one of our four traditional festivals. There are many aliases for the Mid-Autumn Festival, such as Yuexi(月夕), which is named after the full moon is more round and brighter, and the Reunion Festival, which is named after the wandering homesickness. In addition to our long history and diverse customs, our Mid-Autumn Festival also has a lot of allusions and good poems. Let's talk briefly next.
In ancient times, every Mid-Autumn Festival night, people often held activities to welcome the winter months and worship the moon. At first, they worshipped the moon religiously and then gradually turned to admire the moon with the change of dynasties. In the Ming and Qing Dynasties, various customs became more popular, such as sky lanterns flying, fire dragons dancing, moon cakes giving and so on. In modern times, the most common thing is to hold a banquet and family reunion to admire the moon and eat moon cakes, etc. Some places still retain different customs, waiting for you to discover.
But what is more interesting is that in addition to our country, there are many other countries that also have the habit of celebrating the ‘Mid-Autumn Festival’. Although some of them are different from our specific day, they also have different styles. According to Thai legend, when praying for the moon during Mid-Autumn Festival, the Eight Immortals (characters of Chinese folklore) will bring birthday peaches to the moon palace to give Guanyin birthday, and the bodhisattvas and gods will "bless life". In addition, there are also various moon festivals in Japan, Korea, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, etc., which are different from the Mid-Autumn Festival. If you are interested, you can learn more about it.