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What does the moon mean in Chinese culture?

In Chinese minds, the moon is associated with gentleness and brightness, expressing the beautiful yearnings of the Chinese. On the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar, the moon is full and it is time to mark the Moon Festival, or the Mid-Autumn Festival. The round shape symbolizes family reunion. Therefore, the day is a holiday for family members to get together and enjoy the full moon – an auspicious token of abundance, harmony, and luck. 


The moon has special meaning in China. Many Chinese legends are related with the moon, and the most typical one is 'chang e ben yue' (嫦娥奔月,the Goddess Chang E flying to the moon), which is known to almost every Chinese. The moon also appears in lots of Chinese poems, which means that the poet is missing his home, friends or the beloved. 


   

2016-06-22

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