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Foreigners celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival in Yueqing

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ezhejiang.gov.cn|Updated: September 13, 2022

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Daniel from Cameroon recites Missing Faraway Relatives in the Moonlight, a classic poem composed by Zhang Jiuling of the Tang Dynasty (618-907). [Photo by Zheng Peijian/provided to ezhejiang.gov.cn]

Ten foreigners who live and work in Yueqing, a county-level city of Wenzhou, East China's Zhejiang province, recently attended a poetry assembly to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, local media outlets reported.

Njava, a Madagascan teacher who has been living in Yueqing for three years, attended the activity with her husband and three-year-old daughter Kasia. The little girl, wearing hanfu and buyao, a traditional Chinese costume and hair accessory, enjoyed tea, listened to folk music, ate mooncakes with her parents, and laughed from time to time.

Njava said that teachers at her school had introduced her to the customs of Mid-Autumn Festival, so she prepared clothes for her daughter and invited her family to participate in the celebration.

Daniel from Cameroon is married to a Chinese woman who has been working and living in Wenzhou for more than 10 years.

"The poem I recited tonight was about the miss of my family thousands of miles away," Daniel said, who recited Missing Faraway Relatives in the Moonlight, a classic poem composed by Zhang Jiuling of the Tang Dynasty (618-907), with the most renowned lyrics as follows: "Over the sea the moon shines bright; Far apart, we have the same moonlit night. The affectionate would rather have the night shortened; For I'd have a sleepless night, yearning for you."

"It was meaningful to hold such an activity for the festival, as we foreigners can not only feel at home, but also learn the customs and culture of Yueqing," Daniel said.

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Njava (third from left), a Madagascan teacher, learns the story behind flower lanterns with her husband and daughter. [Photo by Zheng Peijian/provided to ezhejiang.gov.cn]

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