UK Campus celebrates the Mid-Autumn Festival for the first time
It is the second biggest festival in China after the Chinese New Year! According to the Chinese lunar calendar, the Mid-Autumn Festival, or Moon Harvest Festival, happens on the 15th day of the 8th month. It is always celebrated in the middle of the autumn season, so this is where the name comes from. Also, at that time of the year, the moon looks very round and bright. For this reason, it is also known as the Moon Festival.
On the festival day, family members gather to offer a sacrifice to the moon, a symbol of harmony, appreciate the bright full moon, eat moon cakes (a rich pastry typically filled with sweet-bean or lotus-seed paste) and express strong yearnings toward family members and friends.
At PHBS UK, we also decided to invite friends, family members, students and staff to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival.
All the China Construction Bank (CCB) executives, the Executive Development Program students, members of staff and friends joined, as a big family group of 70 people, to honor the moon and the autumn season. As the Director of PHBS UK, Professor Guy Liu said, this was the first time that our UK campus celebrated this special occasion. It is said that the brightness and the big size of the moon, on this day, signify the family reunion.
This Harvest Moon Festival, celebrated by the Chinese and Vietnamese, is an inherited custom of moon sacrificial ceremonies. The ancient realized that the movement of the moon was related to the changes of the seasons and the agricultural production.
There were traditional Chinese songs to contemplate the moon, dancing, eating, drinking… On the last Friday, the 13th September, it was time for the family of the UK Campus to admire what's believed to be the fullest moon of the year. And with this gesture bring China and the UK closer together, united, under the same sky.