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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
Children like to play with clay rabbits at Mid-Autumn Festival. [Photo/VCG]

5. Playing clay rabbit

The clay rabbit is a traditional handicraft in Beijing at Mid-Autumn Festival. Based on an image of of the Jade Rabbit from the story of Chang'e in the Moon Palace, a clay rabbit is personalized and made in an artistic form.

Some people imitate opera characters and carve the rabbit in a stylized way, such as a warrior with a golden helmet and armor, riding lions, elephants and other beasts of prey, or some riding peacocks, cranes and other birds.

The rabbit figure once was an offering to worship the moon, but later, it became a popular children's toy.

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