So happy that an 8-day-long holiday is just around the corner, during which we will celebrate the family-reunion Mid-Autumn Festival.
What's Mid-Autumn Festival? How do we celebrate it? Let's get a knowledge of it and enjoy it!
On the fifteenth day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar, traditional Chinese families and their friends gather together and watch the moon and celebrate this holiday. It is said that on this day in September the moon is fullest and most brilliant. Chinese all around the world consume millions of Moon Cakes during this time.
What are Moon Cakes? The varieties are numerous. One can easily find at least a dozen different types. In substance,the traditional Moon Cake is a baked pastry filled with lotus seed paste and a salted egg yolk in the centre. Modern inspirations and the cost of lotus seed paste have lead to the creation of many different types of fillings. Winter melon paste, red bean paste, mung bean paste, mixed nuts, dried fruits, and even hamare used to add variety to Moon Cakes.
As in most ethnic holidays, there are legends to honor. The most popular legend for this holiday is traced back to the year 2000 B.C. This is the story of Hou Yih, an officer of the imperial guards.
One day, ten suns suddenly appeared in the sky. The emperor, greatly perturbed and fearful that this occurrence presaged some great evil to his people, ordered Hou Yih, an expert archer, to shoot nine of the suns out of the sky. The great skills with which Hou Yih accomplished this feat impressed the Goddess of the Western Heaven.
Since Hou Yih was also a talented architect, the Goddess commissioned him to build her a palace made of multicolored jade. His work so pleased the Goddess that she rewarded him with the possibility of ever lasting life. She gave him the elixir of immortality in the form of a pill.
He was not to swallow the pill until he had undergone a year of prayer and fasting. Hou took the pill home and hid it.
wife was a divinely beautiful woman named Chang Oh. One day she
discovered the hidden pill and she swallowed it. The resulting
punishment was immediate and Chang Oh found herself airborne, bound for
eternal banishment on the moon. As she soared upwards, her husband,
HouYih, desperately tried to follow but was swept back to earth by a
ChangOh’s divine beauty enhanced the brilliance of the moon with her own radiance.Now, Chinese people gather each Moon Festival to admire her.