Qiu Jie" (The Harvest Moon Festival or the Mid-Autumn
Festival), which is one of the most important holidays in China, is
on Aug 15th of Chinese calendar (It's usually in September or October in
C. E.). Family reunions, moon gazing, and the eating of moon cakes mark
it. In China, round means satisfactory. So round and satisfactory in Chinese
are the same words. And the full moon also means satisfactory, so people
like to get together with the relatives on the Moon Festival Day.
of a family usually asks all the family members over on that day to dinner.
The person who is good at cook should help the host prepare lots of delicious
Chinese food using chicken, duck, fish, pork, vegetables, sea eels, crabs
and so on.
But those are normal food that you
can have at a Chinese restaurant all the time. There is also a special
and delicious kind of food for Moon Festival only. It's the moon
cake. You can see salty yolks, nuts, fruit preserves or special candies
with red bean paste inside of the cake. On the round surface, there are
some Chinese characters that tell you what kind of cake it is, or to say
in China has a beautiful myth. My grandma told it to me on one Mid-Autumn
day: Long Long ago,
there were 10 suns in the sky. So it was very hot and the land was dry.
The plants were all dead without water. At that time, a great archer named
"Hou Yi" drew a strong magic bow and nine golden arrows to shot down nine
of the suns. Then the world returned to normal. So the Jade Emperor (the
king of the universe) allowed him to become a god. He gave Hou Yi a cup
of herbal ingredients which would give him and his beautiful wife "Chang
Er" the power to ascend to heaven. But Chang Er was so selfish that
she ate all herself. She had so much power that she couldn't stop
at heaven. She continued to fly up until she reached the moon. From then
on, she has had a pitiful life. It's very cold there and only a jade rabbit
lives with her. In fact, there is another young man "Wu
Kang" who's been cutting a cassia tree all his life. Of course that's
a special tree which can revive immediately after it is cut. I like
this myth very much. And I'll tell my grandchild this myth and ask him
to tell his...
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