The Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the most important traditional Chinese festivals, which falls on the 15th of the 8th lunar month. Dating from Tang Dynasty, Chinese people have been celebrating the Mid-Autumn day for thousands of years. From 2018, China has listed it as a statutory holiday. The festival is also popular in the East Asia and the Southeast Asia.
That is to say where there is Chinese, there is celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival. On that day, people reunite with their families and sit together to enjoy the full moon, eating moon cakes. The moon is the symbol of missing, and many Chinese famous poets composed quantities of poems whose topics focus on the moon to express their feelings of missing.
There is a moving fairy tale about the Mid-Autumn Day. In the ancient, it was said that there were ten suns, which made the world a burning desert. Hou Yi shot the extra nine suns. From then on, people lived a peaceful life. As his reward, the Heavenly Queen Mother gave Hou Yi the Elixir of Immortality, but she warned him that he must use it wisely. Hou Yi didn’t want to abandon his beautiful wife, Chang E, so he temporarily gave the medicine to Chang E to hide.
One day, one of Hou Yi’s students who was called Peng Meng forced Chang E to give him the the elixir. Chang E had no choices but to swallow it. After that, Chang E flew up to the moon, which made Chang E and Hou Yi separate permanently. To express the missing for Chang E, Hou Yi prepared moon cakes to sacrifice the moon on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month every year.
From then on, this custom has been spread widely. Today, people still tell the story to their next generations. More and more people in the world know about the story. The festival reminds people to pay more attention to families. The festival also promote the spread of traditional Chinese culture.
Top Chemical wish you a happy Mid-Autumn Festival!