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The Origin of the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival

It is said that the Mid-Autumn Festival has been in existence in China for more than 2,000 years.

In ancient China, emperors followed the rite of offering sacrifices to the sun in the spring and to the moon in autumn. “The Book of Rites” records that emperors worshipped the sun in the morning in spring and the moon at night in autumn. “Rites of the Zhou” says, “In mid-spring people beat earthen drums and sing the songs of ‘Bin’ in the day to welcome to welcome the arrival of summer, and do the same in mid-autumn at night to await the coming of autumn.”

This is the earliest origin of the Mid-Autumn Festival. According to the prologue to “Moon Appreciation” by Quyang Zhang (the 8th century), the 8th lunar month comes in the middle of autumn, and the 15th day of the 8th lunar month is right in the middle of the autumn, the date is called “Mid-Autumn”.

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