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Traditions you may not know about Mid-Autumn Festival

By Zhou Bing | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2019-09-12 08:10
People put out offerings to worship the "god of the moon" during Mid-Autumn Festival. [Photo/VCG]

1. Worshiping the moon

Since ancient times, there has been a tradition of worshiping the moon in Mid-Autumn Festival in China, which stems from the deification of the moon by the ancients.

On that day, people put the "god of the moon" sign, peaches, watermelons, mooncakes and other offerings on a table at home or outdoors, and then knelt down and kowtowed one by one, praying for blessings from the "god of the moon".

Nowadays, this tradition is disappearing. It's rare to see families worshiping the moon in big cities. In some old towns or tourist cities, people will hold a ceremony to worship the moon in a square, park, or street, but this is more like a performance.

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