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Here Comes the Chinese Mid Autumn Festival. How Many You Know About It?

Mid-Autumn Festival is held on the 15th day of the eighth month of the Chinese calendar, which is in September or early October in the Gregorian calendar.

In 2016 it takes place on Thursday September 15th.

A 3-Day Short Trip Peak Time Appears

Chinese people will have a three-day “public holiday” on the 15th and 17th — a normal weekend off for 5-day week workers, however…

When Mid-Autumn occurs at the end of September or early October its statutory day of public holiday is usually combined with the statutory National Day three-day holiday for a seven-day public holiday (October 1–7), sacrificing one adjacent weekend day ( for example, in 2015 people need to work on Saturday, October 10).

Why Mid-Autumn Is Celebrated at Month 8 Day 15?

Traditional Calendar Seasons

According to the Chinese lunar calendar (and traditional solar calendar), the  8th month is the second month of autumn. As the four seasons each have three (about-30-day) months on the traditional calendars, day 15 of month 8  is “the middle of autumn”.

For the Full Moon

On the 15th of the lunar calendar, each month, the moon is at its roundest and brightest, symbolizing togetherness and reunion in Chinese culture. Families get together to express their familial love by eating dinner together, appreciating the moon, eating mooncakes, etc. The harvest moon is traditionally believed to be the brightest of the year.

For Harvest Celebration

Month 8 day 15, is traditionally the time rice is supposed to mature and be harvested. So people celebrate the harvest and worship their gods to show their gratitude.

How people  celebrate it? What’s the traditions?

1.Eating Mooncakes — The Most Representative Tradition.

2. Appreciating the Moon — Symbol of Family Reunion.

3. Worshiping the Moon — Disappearing Tradition.

4. Making Colorful Lanterns — Children’s Favorite Activity.

5. Having Dinner Together — Happy Family Reunion Time.

6. Giving Gifts — Get Closer to Friends, Relatives, and Staff.

7. Sending Celebration Messages — to Those Who Are Far Away.

8. Short Distance Traveling — New Fashionable Tradition.

9. Shopping — Popular Among Young People.

10. Watching Movies — For Those Who Don’t Have Other Ideas .

See more about details of customs by checking http://www.chinahighlights.com/festivals/mid-autumn-festival-tradition.htm

Last, hope all your guys have a wonderful night. Happy Mid-Autumn Festival.



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Find A Best Angle For Your Video Conferencing Camera

Jumping onto a video call is very easy but it ‘s uneasy when you’re on a call with someone who’s giving you a full-on zoom up their nose. Camera angles often get overlooked because we don’t take the time to give these settings a quick check. But taking a minute to do this can certainly save a lot of embarrassment and improve the overall experience of the call. Each device has its own set of rules but ultimately it’s about seeing eye to eye – both literally and in agenda.

The rule of thumb for all devices is to always try to have the camera positioned at eye level is possible. If you’re turned even slightly away from the camera, this can wrongly give the impression that you’re not fully engaged in the conversation.  Make an effort to reduce ‘gaze angle,’ meaning, you should try to place the camera near your display or where your eyes will mostly tend towards. We all have the habit of looking at ourselves in the camera view so try to look directly into the camera from time to time.

From a room system If there is a PTZ (Pan Tilt Zoom) unit in a video conferencing room system, you will want to make sure that your self-view or PIP (Picture in Picture) is on so you can see how you look to others on the far end. Try to frame yourself with some room above your head to the top of the video frame, and with enough room at the bottom of your frame so that your mouth is fully visible. In other words, avoid being zoomed in too far.

From a laptop The beauty of having a call via laptop is that you can sit comfortably sit anywhere while you’re on a call. The downside is that participants on the other end will likely be looking up your nose or get a roller coaster ride as you shift in your seat. The best thing to do is to place the laptop on a flat surface that is at eye-level. You can always go back to the comfy position after the call.

From a mobile device Cameras on mobile devices vary in quality but the best thing to do is to hold it as steady as possible so the picture doesn’t show up shaky on the other end. It will be a bit more difficult with a hand held device but try to hold it out as far as possible so others can get a full view. If you’re on a tablet like an iPad, try propping it up with the cover so that you get the best angle.

Though these may seem like small details, taking the time to adjust your camera angle can be the difference between an just an ok discussion and a great one!

Written by Virginette Acacio