Longing For Home

Homesickness is another important aspect of the Mid-Autumn Festival when one is not able to be with family.

Being a stranger alone in a strange land, 

I miss my loved ones all the more on festive day.

       —Wang Wei (A.D. 701–761), poet of Tang Dynasty

So bright a gleam on the foot of my bed,

Glittering like frost to my wandering eyes;

Raising my head, I gaze at the bright moon, 

Dropping my head, homesickness arises. 

       —Li Bai (A.D. 701–762), poet of the Tang Dynasty


These great poems express very well the longing for home, and the full moon has become a reminder of distant loved ones.