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Mid-Autumn Festival Keywords

(People's Daily Online)

14:52, September 29, 2012

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Reunion

The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as Reunion Festival, is somewhat like Chinese "Xiao Nian".

On this day, people from faraway places return home to have a family reunion while those who cannot go home will gaze longingly at the moon and think about their families.

The famous saying "the moon is round on Aug. 15 and the moon cakes are fragrant and sweet" tells the custom of eating moon cakes on the night of Aug. 15 of the lunar calendar. Moon cakes originally were used to sacrifice the Luna and later people took admiring the full moon and eating moon cakes in the Mid-Autumn Festival as a symbol of family reunion.

Despite the convenient and well-developed transportation and communication devices we have today, it is difficult to avoid friends and relatives partings. Therefore, the pursuit of reunion is a practical need as well as a psychological need. The Mid-Autumn Festival precisely meets the pursuit.

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