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【Mid-Autumn Festival】


Mid-Autumn
Festival

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival,also known as Chinese Moon Festival,takes place at the 15th day of the eighth Chinese lunar month.The reason for celebrating the festival during that time is that it is the time when the moon is at its fullest and brightest.
It is a time for families to be together,so people far from home will gaze longingly at the moon and think about their families.

The legend of the Mid-Autumn Festival
The story should begin with Hou Yi shooting down the suns. Long long time ago, Hou Yi and Chang E were known as a happy couple in heaven and were deeply in love with each other. After Hou Yi shooting down the suns, the Jade Emperor got so furious that he ordered Hou yi, together with Chang E, to stay at the earth forever and never return to the heaven. Since then, they suffered from illness and death as ordinary human beings.

As times went by, Chang E was terrified to see wrinkles around her face and so she asked Hou Yi to find some way to stop being aging. Hou yi heard that there lived a Goddess on the top of Kunlun Mountain, who had a pill of immortality, so he went and begged for it. Fortunately,the Goddess gave him one pill and told Hou Yi that if one person took the pill he would ascend to Heaven, but if he cut the pill into two halves and shared it with another person, they could only live forever. Also, the pill had to be taken on the 15th night of the eighth month when the moon was fullest. Hou Yi went home to Chang E. And they decided to divide the pill and take it at the proper time.

Three days before the fullest moon, Hou Yi heard of another pill on Tianshan mountain, which could make women always young and beautiful. For his wife, Hou Yi promised Chang E to get the wonderful pill back in three days.

But on the 15th of the eighth month, Chang E waited and later grew impatient, She was informed by a fraud that Hou Yi went for another woman and would never come back. Chang E was filled with sorrow and swallowed the whole pill. At once she felt her body becoming lighter, rising upwards towards the sky. At this moment Hou Yi arrived back with another pill and saw Chang Er ascending faster and faster.

The gods in heaven despised Chang E because she had abandoned her husband. Chang E had to change her direction and head towards the cold palace in the moon. Later, Hou Yi took to drink and was killed by his enemy. When Chang E saw everything and deeply mourned what she had done. She was cut off from the happy life in heaven and became the moon goddess.
Each year on the 15th day of August, when the moon is at its fullest and brightest, people look at the moon and try to see the beautiful Moon Goddess and recall the beautiful but sad story.

Eating Moon Cake
The traditional food for mid-autumn festival is the moon cake which is round and symbolizes reunion.Eating moon cakes while watching the full moon is a central part of the mid-autumn festival throughout China,and is a symbol of family unity.At the very beginning,the moon cakes were served as a sacrifice to the Moon.Nowadays,moon cakes are given as presents to loved ones and it represent people’s wishes to be together during the mid-autumn festival.
Season's greetings and sincere wishes for a bright and happy Mid-autumn day!!!