Patriotism, reunion, tradition mark Mid-Autumn Festival

Source: Xinhua| 2019-09-13 20:11:25|Editor: ZX
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BEIJING, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) -- Five rabbits of different sizes sit around in a circle, surrounding a full moon. This is a set of dough sculptures that has just come out of the oven in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region during the Mid-Autumn Festival, which falls on Friday this year.

"I have received many orders for this set of dough sculptures on this year's Mid-Autumn Festival and they are so popular that I have to work extra hours," said Qiu Xia, 40, a dough sculptor in the city of Bayannur.

Residents in the city of Hohhot, capital of the region, are also participating in celebrations such as making moon cakes, reciting poetry and performing songs.

"Moon cake making is a traditional craft passed down by generations," said Jia Wenbao, who has been making moon cakes for over 30 years.

"The Mid-Autumn Festival is a traditional festival for family reunions," said Zhang Ling, who sang as part of the celebrations.

"We eat and reunite with family members every Mid-Autumn Festival," she said. "Reuniting with my family is the fondest memory I have of the Mid-Autumn Festival."

In the city of Guangzhou, south China's Guangdong Province, ancient poems centering on the festival are recited, accompanied by the guqin, the Chinese zither.

Lantern riddles are also being told and residents who have solved the riddles are queueing up to claim their prizes.

"I like this festive atmosphere of traditions and culture," said Li Meihua, a local resident. "Both we elders and young people are gathering together to celebrate the festival and pass down the traditions," Li added.