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Sunday, September 14, 2008

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!

Mid-Autumn Festival (or 中秋節) is a Chinese holiday that falls on the 15th day of the 9th lunar month of the Chinese Calendar, when the moon is at its fullest and brightest. It is usually around mid to late September in the Gregorian calendar and this year it is September 14, today! It is roughly the Chinese equivalent of Thanksgiving.
(uncredited image found on the web)

So you may ask, what is this fairy and this bunny doing here. Ok, here is the Chinese mythology behind Mid-Autumn Festival. A long long time ago, a fairy named Chang-er was naughty and ate a longevity pill that she was not supposed to eat, and became so light that she floated to the moon. I am not sure exactly how the bunny got there, but apparently the bunny was supposed to make a pill that would help deflate Chang-er so she could float back to earth. But alas, even today the bunny is still hard at work on the antidote. Legend has it, when the moon is at its fullest and brightest, you can see Chang-er and Bunny on the moon... so keep your eyes open wide to look out for these two tonight!

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

I went to NYC chinatown on Saturday and saw a mob of people buying mooncakes in front of a chinese restaurant. I got curious because of craziness, it turned out to be that it's buy one box get one box free special going on....well, another way to celebrate the holiday in true chinese spirit! Frances

Cat said...

Haha, I know, if there is a buy one get one free thing, you betcha Chinese ppl will be lined up! They love a bargain!

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