09-05-2008 13:13

In China, the full moon is Symbolism: is traditionally a symbol for reunion, tuanyuan, as yuan means round. The Chinese people celebrate by coming together as families to eat, drink and be merry and has always been represented the gatherings of friends and family.

Putting pomelo rinds on one's head is another way to celebrate  Mid-Autumn Festival(File photo) 
Putting pomelo rinds on one's head is another
way to celebrate  Mid-Autumn Festival(File photo)

The Mid-Autumn Festival is also one of the two most important holidays in the Chinese calendar (the other being the Chinese Lunar New Year), and is a legal holiday in several countries. Farmers celebrate the end of the summer harvesting season on this date. Traditionally, on this day, Chinese family members and friends will gather to admire the bright mid-autumn harvest moon, and eat moon cakes and pomeloes together. Accompanying the celebration, there are additional cultural or regional customs, such as:

* Eating moon cakes outside under the moon

* Putting pomelo rinds on one's head

* Carrying brightly lit lanterns

* Burning incense in reverence to deities including Chang'e

* Planting Mid-Autumn trees

* Collecting dandelion leaves and distributing them evenly among family members

* Lighting lanterns on towers

* Fire Dragon Dances

Shops selling mooncakes, before the festival, often display pictures of Chang'e floating to the moon.