Guilin Park hosts traditional Mid-Autumn celebration

Moon worshipping rituals, heritage crafts and classic opera are just part of the festivities taking place at park in Xuhui District.
Guilin Park hosts traditional Mid-Autumn celebration
Ti Gong

Traditional moon worship rituals are performed at Guilin Park to celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival on Friday. 

Guilin Park hosts traditional Mid-Autumn celebration
Ti Gong

A craftsman creates sugar painting at Guilin Park. 

A traditional Mid-Autumn Festival celebration was held in Guilin Park in Xuhui District on Thursday. The celebration will also be held today, which marks the start of the holiday.

Traditional rituals to worship the moon were replicated. People wearing Hanfu, or traditional Chinese dress, performed the rituals accompanied by ancient music.

Poems related to the moon were read, a traditional tea ceremony was performed, and Yueju Opera on the legend of Chang'e (the Chinese goddess of the moon) was performed amid rockeries and pavilions. 

Guilin Park hosts traditional Mid-Autumn celebration
Yao Lanlan

People wear Hanfu to celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival at Guilin Park. 

Traditional musical instruments such as guqin (traditional string instrument) and pipa (Chinese lute) were played. 

Expats shared interesting stories related with the festival in Shanghai dialect.

Exhibits related with the tradition, culture and customs of the festival were on display too. Visitors savored the charm of intangible cultural heritage from the Yangtze River Delta region during the celebration. 

Guilin Park hosts traditional Mid-Autumn celebration
Yao Lanlan

People guess riddles at Guilin Park. 

Inheritors of intangible cultural heritage, such as Qinhuai colored lanterns, Xuzhou sachets and Lanxi sugar paintings, displayed their skills with nimble fingers. 

The crafts of cotton spinning, Shanghai paper cuts, pankou, or frog fasteners, dough modeling, and woolen embroidery were showcased. Riddle guessing activities were also hosted. 

Following customs dating back 2,000 years, visitors were invited to write down their wishes and hang them on trees.

Guilin Park hosts traditional Mid-Autumn celebration
Yao Lanlan

A man displays paper cutting skills at Guilin Park. 

The event was first launched in 2001 and has since become part of the annual Shanghai Tourism Festival.

The Guilin Park, a Jiangnan-style (the area south of the lower reaches of the Yangtze River) classic garden built in 1929 is known for its dense woods of 1,000 osmanthus trees.

Guilin Park hosts traditional Mid-Autumn celebration
Yao Lanlan

Xuzhou sachets on display.

Guilin Park hosts traditional Mid-Autumn celebration
Ti Gong

Traditional folk music is played. 

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