The moon, the Circle of perfection ~ The Moon Festival
On the 15th Day of the 8th Month of the Chinese Lunar Calendar (on 20th Sept. 2021) is The Moon Festival (knows as The Mid-Autumn Festival). This festival is mainly celebrated by China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Cambodia.
Since the ancient orient, people based on agriculture, which related to the moon cycle very much. The first Chinese Moon Festival was celebrated more than 3,000 years ago, initially a harvest festival, and worshiped the moon for thanking nature/universe. Till today, its iconic, rounded full moon has a meaning of reunion and the family being together. Therefore, families gather to eat sweet mooncakes during the moon festival and enjoy the full moon's rising.
As the sun to Inca, so the moon to Chinese. The full moon with perfect circle form is a spiritual symbol of oneness, harmony, balance, and wholeness. Unlike a "line," there are start and endpoints. A circle has no beginning nor end, which means infinite, timelessness, and eternity.
Look at Leonardo da Vinci's "Vitruvian man" remind me of the Circle and the Square, illustrating a concept with ancient roots in Chinese thought, "The Round universal (Heaven) and Square Earth." "Humanism" refers to the Renaissance, "harmony between man and nature" refers to ancient Chinese philosophies/cosmologies. Furthermore, the Circle reflects the view that harmony is the top priority in Chinese social interaction.
How long have you not looked up at the moon or sky? What's the lunar phase tonight? Do you still remember some myths or fairy tales about the moon? Try to use your creativity/imagination while you are looking up the moon or natural. A vitality capacity of imagination is not only good for the designers but also our living life!
Happy Moon Festival!
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