Depiction of Chinese lanterns used for hanging riddles during Mid-Autumn festival10 New Riddles for Mid-Autumn Festival 2022 The Society September 8, 2022 Children's, Culture, Poetry, Riddles 10 Comments . The Mid-Autumn Festival, or Moon Festival, falls on Sept. 10 this year. A common tradition is to read riddles hung from lanterns while under the moonlight. The holiday usually corresponds to the harvest moon, the full moon before the Autumn Equinox. . I.A span of seven yearsBetween the small and large;A hairy burst of tearsWhen youth wish they’re in charge. . II.A family with four childrenWho play the highest parts.An arrowless bow can fill themWith joy in stringy arts. . III.Empress Wu ZetianBurned us down to ashes,Yet still each year we’ve beenStaunch in color splashes. .. IV.The windows that can bringThe world to you, and thoughThey make no noise nor singThey need your ears below. . V.A car, a house, or wallI’ll change, yet leave it there.Like rain I’ll wetly fallWhere surfaces are bare. . VI.A less than half-baked moonreflects my fluffy shape.A buttery cocoonYou don’t want to escape. . VII.They say I cry,Yet I make no sound.And though alive,Can’t move around. . VIII. I travel the worldBut stay in a corner.I’m dead if I’m curled;My life is mail-ordered. . IX.Push me aside to brighten surroundings,Pull me right back to shut out the dark.Now you’re protected from anyone’s houndings,Cozy inside you feel free as a lark. . X.When you sit down I standAnd walk across the land.When you lie down to sleepMy standing stance I keep. Compiled and edited by Evan Mantyk . . . Answer: I. Adolescence / teenage years II. violin III. peonies IV. glasses V. paint VI. croissant VII. weeping willow VIII. postage stamp IX. curtains X. a horse NOTE TO READERS: If you enjoyed this poem or other content, please consider making a donation to the Society of Classical Poets. NOTE TO POETS: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. CODEC News:Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 10 Responses Roy E. Peterson September 8, 2022 I believe I have guessed seven of them. If not, they are still close answers. Each riddle verse is so neatly done! Thank you for the challenge. Reply Joseph S. Salemi September 8, 2022 I. Adolescence (the years between 14 and 21) II. A violin IV. A pair of headphones VI. A French croissant Those are all I can figure out. Reply weewayne September 8, 2022 I knew that, once read I your post. thanks Reply Mia September 8, 2022 IV glasses/spectacles VIII a stamp, IX curtains Reply Joshua C. Frank September 8, 2022 Adolescence, a string quartet, trees, unknown, paint, a croissant, a weeping willow, a stamp, unknown, unknown. Reply Stuti September 9, 2022 IV – Spectacles VI – Croissant VII – Weeping Willow VIII – Stamp IX – Curtains (?) Reply Mia September 9, 2022 I am still trying to work out the last one but now think it might be a camel or a horse. Reply Evan Mantyk September 9, 2022 Well done! Between all of those who commented you have guessed every single riddle correctly. The only exception is, as expected, III which relates to a specific story of the tyrannical Tang Dynasty Empress Wu Zetian demanding all flowers in her garden blossom. The peonies refused, so she burned them down but they kept coming back every spring. The peony is a cherished symbol of righteous determination in traditional Chinese culture. All of the answers are now above in tiny font. Reply Cheryl Corey September 9, 2022 I ended up with five correct. Thanks for the mental challenge. Reply Talbot September 9, 2022 These were very fun, and happy Mid-Autumn Festival to all! Time for some mooncakes, myself . . . Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.