THE Mid-Autumn Festival – 中秋节

The Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋节), along with the Chinese Spring Festival and the Dragon Boat Festival, are the three most important festivals in the Chinese culture. The Mid-Autumn Festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month (usually in mid-September, or early October of the Gregorian calendar), at which time it is believed that the moon is the fullest. To the Chinese people, Mid-Autumn Festival means family reunion and peace. The bright and full moon symbolises harmony, prosperity and happiness. The main traditions include eating mooncakes, having dinner with family, worshipping the moon, etc.  

As the Festival has been mentioned to our students in class in the past, this year, we came up with a quiz on some niche aspects of the Moon Festival. Let’s see how knowledgeable you are! 

1, When in the ancient time did the Mid-Autumn Festival gain popularity?

2, In modern days, when did the Mid-Autumn Festival become a public holiday in China?

3, In ancient China, another tradition of celebrating this holiday is to carry brightly-lit lanterns on the street, some of which have riddles written on them. People try to guess the answers based on the meaning, pronunciation and indication of what’s written. In which two provinces was the tradition most popular?

4, Let’s try a riddle: what fish is always hungry? 

5, Which ethnic group in China ‘chased the Moon’ for the whole day on Mid-Autumn Festival?

Answers:

2008.

Song Dynasty (960-1279 AD).

Guangdong & Guangxi.

Crocodile (pronounces è yú 鳄鱼 in Chinese. è means hungry, but the characters between crocodile è 饿 and the hungry è 鳄 are different).

Mongol race.

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