Falling on the 15th day of the 8th month according to the Chinese lunar calendar, the Mid-Autumn Festival is the second grandest festival in China after the Chinese New Year. It takes its name from the fact that it is always celebrated in the middle of the autumn season. The day is also known as the Moon Festival, as at that time of the year the moon is at its roundest and brightest. On the festival day, family members gather to offer sacrifice to the moon, appreciate the bright full moon, eat moon cakes, and express strong yearnings toward family members and friends who live afar. In addition, there are some other customs like playing lanterns, and dragon and lion dances in some regions. The unique customs of ethnic minorities are interesting as well, such as “chasing the moon” of Mongolians, and “steal vegetables or fruits” of the Dong people.
This festival was pre celebrate by Dali University on 29th September as ‘Dali Dream Student’ activity. On this occasion, Mr. Li Xinghua, secretary of the university, President, Teachers and the student participated in the Friendship event. Dali state council leaders Mr.Li Xiong, Mr.Yang Zeheng, Mr. Zhang song, Mr. Yang Yiu, Vice President of the university Mr. Li Xiaobing were the main chief guest of the event. Everyone together went to visit the Dali history museum which represents the culture and tradition of Dali state. Later to Erhai lake museum which is the most important site of dali. The erhai lake is surrounded by Dali city. The museum visit was amusing for all as everyone got to know the history of Dali.
The event was followed by the meeting where everyone delivered speeches by representing the motive of friendship among the surrounding countries of China. The leaders were kind enough to invite all the families and friends of the students studying in Dali University to visit China and have a wonderful experience in this country. Later on Dali University international teacher Dr. Kundu delivered a speech showing gratitude and students studying in university also delivered speeches, Mr. Song Seyha from Cambodia 2015 batch and Ms. Shriya Ambhaikar from India 2014 batch represented all the south Asian students of the university. They were telling their outstanding experience as an international student in Dali University and were thankful for such great education.
At last the Dali state leaders gave moon cakes to the students wishing everyone happy moon cake festival as a token of affection. The entire event was very successful.