Chung Ch’ui was a 3-day long harvest festival of China. This festival was held in the honor of moon, which is said to be born on this day. It was celebrated on the full moon day of the 8th month.
The highlights of the festival were round and yellow ‘moon cakes’, with an image of rabbit on them. It was believed that moon showers flowers on earth on this day, but only those who are blessed with an exceptionally good fortune could see them.
The thanksgiving feast of this festival included a roasted pig and first fruits of the harvest. However, there is another version of the story, which involves a clever strategy of the Chinese to win back their freedom from the enemies.
It is said that when enemy armies took over China, the native women cooked special moon cakes and distributed them to every family, in the name of this festival. What enemies couldn’t guess was that there were secret messages hidden in each of these moon cakes, which ultimately led to their downfall.
According to a say, the moon is at its brightest and roundest on this day. Friendships are made and renewed on this day. Chinese poets keep writing for many years about long lost lovers finding their way to each other on this special night.
The August Moon festival is often recognized as the Women’s festival. The moon symbolizes beauty and elegance and is also referred as a female principle and is a trusted friend.
Many ancient August Moon folktales are about a Moon Maiden. On the 15th night of the 8th lunar moon, little children on earth can see a lady on the Moon. And those who make wishes to the Lady on the Moon will find their dreams come true.
China’s Mid-Autumn Moon Festival is a time for family and loved ones to celebrate the end of the harvest season with a giant feast. It is one of the most celebrated Chinese holidays, and is held on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month, around September or October on the Gregorian calendar.
According to legend, the moon is at its brightest and roundest on this day, and may inspire rekindled friendship or romance. The festival’s traditional food is the mooncake, a flaky pastry stuffed with either sweet or savory filling.
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