Wish every one Happy The Mid-Autumn Festival

2014年09月15日    Source:本站原创

Just came back from the Dragon boat is Festival, now the Mid-Autumn  Festival is coming. It is time to eat moon cake. Myoogame prepared moon cake to  each staff.

The Chinese have celebrated the harvest during the autumn full moon since the Shang Dynasty (c. 16th to 10th century BCE). Empress Dowager Cixi (late 19th century) enjoyed celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival so much that she would spend  the period between the thirteenth and seventeenth day of the eighth month  staging elaborate rituals.

In  the ancient past, there was a hero named Hou Yi who was  excellent at archery. 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 Peng Meng, one of his  apprentices, knew this secret. So, on the fifteenth of August in the lunar  calendar, when Yi went hunting, Peng 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 very much her husband 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.

After  the hero Houyi shot down nine of the ten suns, he was pronounced king by the  thankful people. However, he soon became a conceited and tyrannical ruler. In  order to live long without death, he asked for the elixir from Xiwangmu.  But his wife, Chang'e, stole it on the fifteenth of August because she did not  want the cruel king to live long and hurt more people. She took the magic  potion to prevent her husband from becoming immortal. Houyi was so angry when  discovered that Chang'e took the elixir, he shot at his wife as she flew toward  the moon, though he missed. Chang'e fled to the moon and became the spirit of  the moon. Houyi died soon because he was overcome with great anger. Thereafter,  people offer a sacrifice to Chang'e on every lunar fifteenth of August to  commemorate Chang'e's action.

Today, it is  still an occasion for outdoor reunions among friends and relatives to eat  mooncakes and watch the moon, a symbol of harmony and unity. The festival is  celebrated with many cultural or regional customs.