Mid-Autumn Festival

Introduction of Mid-Autumn Festival
History of Mid-Autumn Festival
Hou Yi married Chang Er
Chang Er flying to the moon
Admiring to the moon
How Mid-Autumn Festival is celebrated
Calendar of 2011

Introduction of Mid-Autumn Festival

Mid-autumn Festival, also known as Mooncake Festival or Lantern Festival, takes place at the 15th of the eighth in every year base on the Chinese lunar month. It is a time for the children to have fun with colourful lanterns on their hand. Besides, it is also a meaningful day for families to get together to enjoy the festival with delicious mooncakes filled with sweet or savory fillings. On this day, children are allowed to stay up late and play with colourful lanterns.

History of Mid-autumn Festival

It is said that long time ago there used to be ten suns in the sky. One day, unpredictably, the ten suns all together appeared in the sky, which instantaneously dried the crops and caused calamity to the people on earth. Hou Yi, a local archer decided to help the people by climbed up to the Peak of Kunlun Mountains and shot down the suns leaving only one to benefit all mankind. Hou Yi became a hero who was admired by local people after the incident.

Hou Yi married Chang Er

Later, Hou Yi married a gorgeous girl – Chang Er. He had many apprentices with his perfect archery skills. Meanwhile, one of his pupils, Peng Meng is a wicked person. One day, the Queen Mother of the West gave him an elixir of immortality as a reward for his valiant task. Hou Yi gave the elixir to Chang Er for safekeeping and she hid it in her jewelry box. Unfortunately, Peng Meng found this secret and planned to steal it.

Chang Er flying to the moon

Several days later, Peng Meng pretended to fall ill and stayed at home. Peng take this opportunity to force Chang Er to surrender the elixir while Hou Yi is not at home. Chang Er knowing that she could not defeat Peng, swallowed the elixir herself, and immediately she felt herself floating up and flied to the sky. With deep love to her husband, Chang Er chose to be an immortal on the moon which is closest to the earth, and then she could see her husband every day.

Admiring to the moon

In late afternoon, Hou Yi was told what had happened. Heart-stricken, he went to the back garden and called his wife’s name incessantly. Surprisingly, he found that the moon was tremendously clean and vivid that night; and that there was a moving figure like Chang Er in the moon. In a short time, more and more people heard that Chang Er had become an immortal, and they also put tables under the moon to pray to Chang Er for good fortune and safety. The custom on worshipping the moon on the Mid-Autumn Festival began to practice until nowadays.

How Mid-Autumn Festival is celebrated

When the Mid-Autumn Festival is coming soon, people are always busy in decorating their house with colorful lanterns. Mooncake is the main food serving during this festival. Some people prefer to make mooncake on their own because it is cheaper and palatable. They believe it is more meaningful if they make the mooncake by themselves to celebrate the festival. However, we can now purchase the mooncake at any supermarket since there are people who don’t know how to make mooncake. On this day, families will be reunion to celebrate the cheerful moment together and enjoy the delicious mooncake accompanied with their flavored tea. (Chinese Tea, Green Tea or Jasmine Tea) This is also a good time for children to have fun. There is a procession with different types of lanterns on their hand. Fireworks are display to lighten up the day.

Calendar of 2011

These are the calendar of 2011. The next mid-autumn festival will fall on 12th September 2011.

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