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    Full Moon Night Scenes in Changsha

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    Enjoying the Holiday

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    Tourists Receive Tujia Self-made Mooncakes on Mid-Autumn Day

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    Chinese Characters Formed by Pinwheels to Greet Mid-Autumn Festival

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Mid-Autumn Festival Customs

Family Reunion

A Changsha focal song says that “when sweet-scented osmanthus are booming in the eighth month of the lunar calendar, married women come back to their parents’ home for a reunion”. So, on the occasion, the women usually go to their parents with festival gifts like moon cakes and water chestnuts. The festival gifts are always presented among friends and relatives on the day.

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About Mid-Autumn Festival

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    Best Places to Enjoy the Moon in Hunan

    In celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival, it is an important traditional custom for all participants to gaze at and appreciate the glorious full moon while it is at its brightest and roundest point of the whole year.

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    Origin of Mooncake

    Usually people eat moon cakes on Mid-Autumn Festival, and the round cake is symbolic of the moon in the sky and reunion in the mortal world. The cake was named moon cake (yuebing in Chinese) as early as the Song Dynasty (960--1279).

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    Legend of Chang'e

    There are many beautiful legends about the moon in China. The most famous legend is the one surrounding the "lady living in the moon" that dates back to ancient times, to a day when ten suns appeared at once in the sky.

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    History and Origin of Mid-Autumn Festival

    Celebration of Mid-autumn festival has a long history. In ancient times, the emperors had the tradition of worshiping the Sun in spring, and the Moon in autumn. The word "Mid-Autumn" first appeared in the famous ancient book "Zhou Li" (The Zhou Rituals, a book telling the rituals in the Zhou Dynasty).

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    Meanings of Mid-Autumn 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. It's said the moon is the brightest and roundest on this day which means family reunion.

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    Traditional Food for Mid-autumn Festival

    Moon cake is certainly the most typical and popular snack on the Mid-autumn Day, despite some areas in Hunan holding the custom of eating rice dumplings that day. In addition to moon cakes, Hunan people cook certain dishes such as fried beef with Zizania latifolia, stewed beef with taro, duck, and water chestnuts.

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