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Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010 by

A greeting card for the Chinese Mid Autumn Festival 2010

Your Greeting Card :-)

We are wishing happy Mid-Autumn Festival to our Chinese participants, current and past! Click on the image to enlarge our greeting card we are “sending” to you this way :-)

If you are not from China and wish to find out what’s this festival about, read on. The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival, is a popular harvest festival celebrated by Chinese and Vietnamese people, dating back over 3,000 years to moon worship in China. It is also sometimes referred to as the Lantern Festival or Mooncake Festival.

The Mid-Autumn Festival is held on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar, which is usually around late September or early October in the Gregorian calendar. It is a date that parallels the autumnal equinox of the solar calendar, when the moon is supposedly at its fullest and roundest. The traditional food of this festival is the mooncake, of which there are many different varieties.

The Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the few most important holidays in the Chinese calendar. Farmers celebrate the end of the summer harvesting season on this date. Traditionally on this day, Chinese family members and friends will gather to admire the bright mid-autumn harvest moon, and eat moon cakes and pomelos under the moon together. Accompanying the celebration, there are additional cultural or regional customs, such as putting pomelo rinds on one’s head, carrying brightly lit lanterns, lighting lanterns on towers, floating sky lanterns, planting Mid-Autumn trees, collecting dandelion leaves and distributing them evenly among family members.

Chinese Mid Autumn Festival 2010 Greeting

The poem and translation

For more information and stories of the festival click here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mid-Autumn_Festival

Questions? Ask below :-) In English, please.

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