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Friday, September 17 2021 - 17:01
AsiaNet
During the Mid-autumn Festival, Guangdong Pomelo Appears on a Screen overseas
GUANGZHOU, China, Sept. 17, 2021 /Xinhua-AsiaNet/--

September 21 (the fifteenth day of the eighth lunar month) is the Mid-autumn 
Day, a traditional Chinese festival. A poster themed "Enjoy Guangdong Pomelo, 
Enjoy Mid-autumn Festival" circulates on a 19.5-meter-high, 12.2-meter-wide 
screen at the Times Square in New York, the United States of America, 14,000 
kilometers away from China, according to Xinhua Screen Media Co., Ltd., who 
tenants the screen.

The round fruit on the poster is called Guangdong Pomelo. It has been planted 
in China over 3,000 years. Why do Chinese people eat pomelo in Mid-autumn 
Festival? 

"Pomelo has a special meaning in China," said Geoge, who has worked in 
Guangdong for many years. This fruit is homophonous to "traveller" (youzi) in 
Chinese. During the Mid-autumn Festival, which stands for reunion, these 
travellers will eat pomelos to reflect how they miss their relatives and 
hometown. Besides, the pomelos are large and round, which also symbolizes 
reunion in traditional culture of China. In the end, pomelo is also homophonous 
to "blessing the children" in Chinese, which means auspiciousness. Chinese 
people eat pomelos at this festival, hoping to be blessed by the Luna. 

Pomelos are sweet and juicy, with up to 45-65£¥ flesh edible, every 100 grams 
of which contains 34.8-45 mg vitamin C, as well as vitamin B1, B2, 
beta-carotene and other vitamins and minerals. With high sugar content, 
moderate taste, rich nutrition and long-term shelf life, this fruit is called 
"natural canned food". However, many people associate pomelo with a tinge of 
bitterness, and the honey pomelo from Meizhou, Guangdong Province, China, will 
dispel this concern. 

In Meizhou City, Guangdong Province, China, the local soil is rich in selenium, 
and there are natural lush forests. Thus the local pomelos are sweet and 
delicious. With thin skin, the pomelos are easy to peel, and their flesh is 
crystal clear and succulent.

As the Mid-autumn Festival is approaching, people travelling away from their 
hometown are sure to pick up a Guangdong pomelo and taste it, releasing their 
homesickness.

Source: Xinhua Screen Media Co., Ltd.

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   Caption: A poster themed "Enjoy Guangdong Pomelo, Enjoy Mid-autumn Festival" 
circulates on a 19.5-meter-high, 12.2-meter-wide screen at the Times Square.

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