Mid-Autumn Festival lanterns in Tai O, in Hong Kong, on September 27. Photo: SCMP / Dickson Lee Mid-Autumn Festival lanterns in Tai O, in Hong Kong, on September 27. Photo: SCMP / Dickson Lee
Mid-Autumn Festival lanterns in Tai O, in Hong Kong, on September 27. Photo: SCMP / Dickson Lee
Wee Kek Koon
Opinion

Opinion

Reflections by Wee Kek Koon

Why the Chinese celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival – a brief history of the occasion

  • China’s ancient peoples were fervent moon worshippers, a trait that probably evolved to become the festival we see today
  • It was during the Tang dynasty that the event became popular and was feted with folk tales, poems and picnics

Mid-Autumn Festival lanterns in Tai O, in Hong Kong, on September 27. Photo: SCMP / Dickson Lee Mid-Autumn Festival lanterns in Tai O, in Hong Kong, on September 27. Photo: SCMP / Dickson Lee
Mid-Autumn Festival lanterns in Tai O, in Hong Kong, on September 27. Photo: SCMP / Dickson Lee
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