Monday, October 02, 2006

The Chinese Moon Festival

The Chinese Moon Festival is on the 15th of the 8th lunar month...this month it falls on October 6th. The Moon Festival is one of the most important traditional events in the Chinese culture. There are many legendary stories for the Moon Festival, the most popular being about The Lady Chang Er. "The date of this story is around 2170 B.C. The earth once had ten suns circling over it, each took its turn to illuminate to the earth. But one day all ten suns appeared together, scorching the earth with their heat. The earth was saved by a strong and tyrannical archer Hou Yi. He succeeded in shooting down nine of the suns. One day, Hou Yi stole the elixir of life from a goddess. However his beautiful wife Chang Er drank the elixir of life in order to save the people from her husband's tyrannical rule. After drinking it, she found herself floating and flew to the moon. Hou Yi loved his divinely beautiful wife so much, he didn't shoot down the moon." You might see her dancing on the moon during the Moon Festival.
When the full moon rises, families get together to watch the full moon, eat moon cakes, and sing moon poems. With the full moon, the legend, the family and the poems, you can't help thinking that this is really a perfect world. That is why the Chinese are so fond of the Moon Festival.
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