The Mid-Autumn Festival, also identified as the Moon Competition and the Chinese Lantern Festival, is held on the 15th working day of the eighth thirty day period in the Chinese lunar calendar. This typically happens around late September or early October when the moon is supposedly at its fullest and roundest.
The Mid-Autumn Competition is the most significant pageant in the Chinese calendar, aside from the Chinese New Year and Winter season Solstice (also regarded as Dongzhi Competition), and is a countrywide holiday break in some international locations.
Historically, through the Mid-Autumn Festival, farmers rejoice the conclude of the summertime harvesting period on this day. Chinese family users and friends get to admire the vibrant mid-autumn harvest moon, and delight in moon cakes and pomelos collectively.
Overthrow of Mongolian rule
In accordance to Chinese folklore, the Moon Competition commemorates an rebellion in China versus the Mongolian rulers of the Yuan Dynasty (1280-1368) in the 14th century. Team gatherings had been forbidden by the Mongolian rulers and it was difficult to orchestrate a insurrection.
As the Mongolians did not partake in the ingesting of moon cakes, the rebel leaders came up with the concept of timing the revolt to coincide with the Moon Pageant. They distributed thousands of moon cakes to the Chinese residents in the metropolis and cleverly inserted within each moon cake a piece of paper with the concept: “Kill the Mongolians on the 15th day of the 8th thirty day period.”
On the night time of the Mid-Autumn Pageant, the rebels properly attacked and overthrew the Mongolian governing administration. Pursuing the overthrow of the Mongolian authorities was the institution of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). As a result of the thriving insurrection, the Mid-Autumn Pageant was celebrated with moon cakes on a countrywide amount.
Mid-Autumn Competition in London
Gerrard Avenue was the principal focal position of the Moon Pageant in London and Chinatown was lit up by hundreds of orange paper lanterns to mark the occasion. 1000’s of community Chinese and guests from all over the environment were being there to take part in the anxiously awaited annual party. Many small children ended up sporting the regular bright colored Chinese costumes and they glimpse rather in them.
This event was organised by the London Chinatown Chinese Association and was held on Sunday, 11th October, a week later on than typical, to coincide with the London Restaurant Festival (8th – 13th October 2009).
An outdoor stage was setup on Macclesfield Street, struggling with Gerrard Road. The opening ceremony begun at 1.00pm with the at any time-well-known lion dance.
The afternoon’s performances have been a combination of regular and fashionable enjoyment such as a lion dance, martial arts, Chinese traditional music, hip-hop dance and Hong Kong Canto-Pop.
Gifts ended up distributed to people who participated in quizzes or had been brave more than enough to go on stage to give a overall performance. There have been also meals tasting, candy and noodle-making courses and even a Chopsticks Challenge.
28 Chinatown dining places participated in the London Restaurant Pageant and offered mouth-watering particular menus of Oriental cuisines at particular costs.
Somewhere else Chinese group suppliers had been established up to offer Chinese goods and all those providing paper lanterns and lovers seemed to have finished pretty effectively on the day.
And so did the lion who danced from one store to yet another offering fantastic fortune to the Chinese business enterprise group.
The Mid-Autumn Festival in London was plainly appreciated by everyone. There was so a great deal fun and laughter and even the drizzle around the stop did not dampen the spirits of these who participated in this year’s event.