Guilin Park hosts traditional Mid-Autumn celebration
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.
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.
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.
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.