Happy Moon Cake / Mid Autumn Festival

Wish everyone around the world a Happy Moon Cake / Mid Autumn Festival!~

The Chinese tradition also believe today to be a day of Reunion where we meet up with our friends and family members to celebrate the day together. Couples in the past, found their loved ones, as they come out to admire the round full moon. Of course, Good weather with clear skies is the ideal setting for all these to happen!

When I was a kid, I remember playing with paper lanterns lit with candles. These days, you can see battery operated ones that comes with sound too!~ The people selling these lanterns make very brisk sales for this yearly celebration. The playful me also took the candle to set a small fire on the dried leaves the other kids gather on the sand of our playground when I was around ten years old. Lovely memories I can say!

Now a bit of story telling on why we celebrate Moon Cake Festival! “In the ancient past, there was a hero named [Hou] Yi who was exc…ellent at shooting. His wife was Chang’e. One year, the ten suns rose in the sky together, causing great disaster to people. Yi shot down nine of the suns and left only one to provide light. An immortal admired Yi and sent him the elixir of immortality. Yi did not want to leave Chang’e and be immortal without her, so he let Chang’e keep the elixir. But Feng Meng, one of his apprentices, knew this secret. So, on the fifteenth of August in the lunar calendar, when Yi went hunting, Feng Meng broke into Yi’s house and forced Chang’e to give the elixir to him. Chang’e refused to do so. Instead, she swallowed it and flew into the sky. Since she loved her husband very much and hoped to live nearby, she chose the moon for her residence. When Yi came back and learned what had happened, he felt so sad that he displayed the fruits and cakes Chang’e liked in the yard and gave sacrifices to his wife. People soon learned about these activities, and since they also were sympathetic to Chang’e they participated in these sacrifices with Yi.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mid-Autumn_Festival

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