Happy Mid- Autumn Festival

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The Mid-Autumn Festival  (中秋節) is a harvest festival celebrated by ethnic Chinese and Vietnamese people.

Meanings of the festival

The festival celebrates three fundamental concepts which are closely tied to one another:

  • Gathering, such as family and friends coming together, or harvesting crops for the festival.
  • Thanksgiving, to give thanks for the harvest, or for harmonious unions
  • Praying (asking for conceptual or material satisfaction), such as for babies, a spouse, beauty, longevity, or for a good future

Traditions and myths surrounding the festival are formed around these three concepts, although traditions have changed over time due to changes in technology, science, economy, culture, and religion.

 

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