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Zhang Xu bakes mooncakes at a bakery in Jingshengchang in Xiayi County, Shangqiu, central China’s Henan Province. Zhang serves as chef of Jingshengchang, a Henan-based mooncake bakery established in 1860. “Our bakery skills are a great treasure,” says Zhang. “I’ll do my best to pass them down to future generations.”

In the past, the Mid-Autumn or Mooncake Festival was celebrated to beseech gods of a plentiful harvest. Ancient Chinese emperors worshiped the moon in autumn to express their gratitude for the gifts of the land.

It takes on a more profound meaning this year with the deadly plague that descended on humanity, as many now take the festivity as a sign of better days to come amid a hope that the pandemic will soon be a part of history.

In China, which has for all practical purposes defeated the outbreak, the celebration takes a double meaning since it fell on 1 October, which is the China National Day.

Images of the Chinese people marking the day with travel in almost all parts of the country were a testament to the nation being near to getting over the hump in resolving the backlash of the coronavirus disease.

 

In Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines, which are countries with a strong ethnic Chinese influence, the week of jubilance was observed with the lighting of lanterns and dragon dances.

Enjoying mooncakes was the main participation of people all over the world during the festival which lasts until 8 October.

In China, it’s a time for family reunions, which is similar to Thanksgiving Day in the United States.

Autumn is also an auspicious season when the weather turns cooler while green gives way to red or yellow leaves, which manifests resiliency and humanity’s adaptability to difficult challenges.

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