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Moon Festival: Occasion for family reunion

09-14-2011 08:45 BJT Special Report:2011 Mid-Autumn Festival |

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It is an occasion that rounds up sons and daughters at home to enjoy the moment of family reunion. The Mid-autumn Festival, one of the reunion holidays for Chinese families, fell on September 12th. Let's take at a look at some of the customs of this festival and how people around the country spent this time of family reunion.

Also known as the "Moon Festival", the occasion always dwells on the day when the moon is full. With the full moon symbolizing family reunion in Chinese tradition, moon worship has been one of the must do's during the festival.

In Hangzhou city in east China's Zhejiang Province, people there enjoy one of the most famous sites on West Lake to enjoy the scene. As in previous years, thousands of tourists and local residents flocked to the site.

Locals also lit Kongming lanterns, and sent them into the sky. "You can see the lantern lights the sky and down on the ground, there're also lots of lights. It's beautiful."

In Nanjing city in neighboring Jinagsu Province, it's more about bustling crowds. But what hasn't changed is the same happiness of family members being together. A visitor said, “We're not locals. We come here to spend the holiday. What's important is not where we are, but that we're together."

Some choose to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and move to high mountains, where it seems much closer to the moon. Up in Yellow Mountain in Anhui province, a tourist attraction renowned for its beautiful scenery and steepness, the low temperature hasn't dampened people's enthusiasm. Couples have also been there to spend the special night.

Family gatherings also moved to the mountain, where members eat mooncakes and celebrate their time together.


Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CNTV.CN

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