Friday, September 12, 2008

Zhong Qiu Jie

Zhong Qiu Jie (the Mid-autumn Festival) is one of the favorite holidays on the Chinese calendar. It falls on the 15th day of the 8th month, and is celebrated by eating mooncakes and pomelo, drinking tea, admiring the full moon, and reciting poetry. In Singapore, we also carry lanterns on that day, though I understand that this tradition is practiced on Yuan Xiao Jie in China (the last day of Chinese New Year).

There are many legends that go along with Zhong Qiu Jie, but certainly one of good reason for celebrating the holiday is that it marks the end of the Hungry Ghost month. It is a fun time of celebration, with families gathering to enjoy the time together.

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