May you a wonderful Mid-Autumn Festival.
Why Do We Celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival?
China’s emperors worshipped the moon for bountiful harvests with a history dating back 3,000 years. Harvest time was a time to celebrate the bounties of the crops and to bring people together. The Chinese have celebrated the harvest during the autumn full moon since the Shang dynasty (1600–1046 BCE). However, the celebration as a festival only started to gain popularity during the early Tang dynasty (618–907 CE). One story explains that Emperor Xuanzong of Tang started to hold formal celebrations in his palace after having explored the Moon-Palace. By the Ming and Qing Dynasties, the mid-autumn festival had become one of the main folk festivals in China.
An important part of the Mid-Autumn Festival celebration throughout history has been moon worship. The ancient Chinese believed that the moon and water were associated with rejuvenation.
The festival has carried on since this time as a way of gathering families and friends together to show appreciation, give thanks, and admire the moon when it is at its fullest, perhaps similar to the Thanksgiving traditions in North America.
Sep 21st, 2021 by TopEParts team.