Photos: Lanterns, moon cakes mark festivities during Mid-Autumn festival in China

Updated On Oct 05, 2017 05:54 PM IST

The second biggest public festival in China, the Mid-Autumn festival or the Moon Cake festival is associated with traditions of moon worship and celebrated with great vigour. This year, it has coincided with the National Day holidays.

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Visitors pose for photographs in front of an installation ‘Museum of the Moon’, a giant seven metre wide glowing sculpture of the moon, created by British artist Luke Jerram in Hong Kong to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival. Held on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar on a full moon night, the harvest festival is also associated with traditions of moon worship and gazing. (Kin Cheung / AP)
Updated on Oct 05, 2017 05:54 PM IST

Visitors pose for photographs in front of an installation ‘Museum of the Moon’, a giant seven metre wide glowing sculpture of the moon, created by British artist Luke Jerram in Hong Kong to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival. Held on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar on a full moon night, the harvest festival is also associated with traditions of moon worship and gazing. (Kin Cheung / AP)

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Chinese people burn joss sticks at the Jing'an Temple during the Mid-Autumn festival in Shanghai. The festival is celebrated by ethnic communities of China, Korea and Vietnam. (Chandan Khanna / AFP)
Updated on Oct 05, 2017 05:54 PM IST

Chinese people burn joss sticks at the Jing'an Temple during the Mid-Autumn festival in Shanghai. The festival is celebrated by ethnic communities of China, Korea and Vietnam. (Chandan Khanna / AFP)

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An employee checks freshly baked handmade moon-cakes at a traditional confectionary, ahead of the Mid-Autumn festival, in Zhangjiakou, Hebei province, China. Considered a delicacy, the cakes are offered to friends and at family gatherings. (REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 05, 2017 05:54 PM IST

An employee checks freshly baked handmade moon-cakes at a traditional confectionary, ahead of the Mid-Autumn festival, in Zhangjiakou, Hebei province, China. Considered a delicacy, the cakes are offered to friends and at family gatherings. (REUTERS)

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Residents tour a park decorated with lanterns in the shape of traditional Chinese figures during Mid-Autumn, also known as Lantern Festival at a park in Hong Kong. About 461 million Chinese tourists travelled around the country in the first four days of the eight-day long National Day break. (Bobby Yip / REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 05, 2017 05:54 PM IST

Residents tour a park decorated with lanterns in the shape of traditional Chinese figures during Mid-Autumn, also known as Lantern Festival at a park in Hong Kong. About 461 million Chinese tourists travelled around the country in the first four days of the eight-day long National Day break. (Bobby Yip / REUTERS)

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Chinese people pray at the Jing'an Temple in Shanghai. The Mid-Autumn festival is a popular East Asian celebration of abundance and togetherness, dating back to 3,000 years. (Chandan Khanna / AFP)
Updated on Oct 05, 2017 05:54 PM IST

Chinese people pray at the Jing'an Temple in Shanghai. The Mid-Autumn festival is a popular East Asian celebration of abundance and togetherness, dating back to 3,000 years. (Chandan Khanna / AFP)

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A participant adds incense sticks to the trunk of a ‘fire dragon’ as he takes part in the annual Tai Hang fire dragon event, one of the highlights of the city's Mid-Autumn festival, in Hong Kong. Throngs of festival-goers gathere in a historic neighbourhood of Hong Kong to watch a fire dragon lit with incense sticks danced through the streets in a century-old ritual. (Anthony Wallace / AFP)
Updated on Oct 05, 2017 05:54 PM IST

A participant adds incense sticks to the trunk of a ‘fire dragon’ as he takes part in the annual Tai Hang fire dragon event, one of the highlights of the city's Mid-Autumn festival, in Hong Kong. Throngs of festival-goers gathere in a historic neighbourhood of Hong Kong to watch a fire dragon lit with incense sticks danced through the streets in a century-old ritual. (Anthony Wallace / AFP)

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The Mid-Autumn festival is the second largest festival, only second to the Spring Festival and a time when people feast gazing under the full moon. (Bobby Yip / REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 05, 2017 05:54 PM IST

The Mid-Autumn festival is the second largest festival, only second to the Spring Festival and a time when people feast gazing under the full moon. (Bobby Yip / REUTERS)

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Residents play with glow sticks as they celebrate Mid-Autumn or Lantern Festival at a park in Hong Kong. (Bobby Yip / REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 05, 2017 05:54 PM IST

Residents play with glow sticks as they celebrate Mid-Autumn or Lantern Festival at a park in Hong Kong. (Bobby Yip / REUTERS)

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One of China’s two ‘Golden Weeks,’ this year’s National Day break has been extended by one day due to the Mid-Autumn festival. (Chandan Khanna / AFP)
Updated on Oct 05, 2017 05:54 PM IST

One of China’s two ‘Golden Weeks,’ this year’s National Day break has been extended by one day due to the Mid-Autumn festival. (Chandan Khanna / AFP)

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