The Moon Festival
The Chinese Moon Festival is on the 15th of the 8th lunar month. It's also known as the
Mid-autumn Festival. Chinese culture is deeply imbedded in traditional festivals. Just like
Christmas and Thanksgiving in the West, the Moon Festival is one of the most important
traditional events for the Chinese.
The Emperor ordered a famous archer “Hou Yi” to shoot down the nine extra suns because
people couldn’t stand for the heat of ten suns. Once the task was accomplished, Hou Yi
became the enperor. He became a tyrant in years and wish to be immortal, so he send his
people to Kunlun Mountains to get the immortal pill from The Queen Mother. However, his
wife wanted to save the people from her husband's tyrannical rule and found the pill, took
it, Hou Yi did not have enough time to shoot her wife down, and she was banished to the
moon as a result. Legend says that her beauty is greatest on the day of the Moon festival.
Taiwanese specially like to eat mooncakes and pomelos in this holiday. A mooncake is
round like a moon, and pomelos are used for worshipping. Not only mooncakes but also
crabs are popular because crabs are very rich in this season. People also love doing BBQ
parties while watching moon and enjoy the weather of fall.
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