Com­plete­ness of life

China Daily (Latin America Weekly) - - 7 Life -

Peo­ple be­lieve the full moon rep­re­sents com­plete­ness of work, life and fam­ily. Apart from eat­ing moon cakes, a kind of round baked snack with fill­ings, the cus­toms as­so­ci­ated with the day also in­clude giv­ing of­fer­ings to the moon, and ad­mir­ing the full moon and flow­ers. Most of the cus­toms evolve around the con­cept of com­plete­ness.

In South China, peo­ple light lanterns, which are made from hol­lowed-out pump­kin, or­ange or grape­fruits, at night to mark the fes­ti­val, and ad­mire the sweets­cented os­man­thus, which can be used to make cakes, pas­tries and wine.

Many places of his­tor­i­cal in­ter­est around the coun­try are con­sid­ered ideal for ad­mir­ing or worshipping the moon, and a large num­ber of po­ems and es­says de­scrib­ing the beauty and other spe­cial char­ac­ter­is­tics of the moon and the fes­ti­val have been passed down from an­cient times. Po­ets and au­thors have used the moon to ex­press their lone­li­ness, nos­tal­gia and home­sick­ness.

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