Mid-autumn Festival is an occasion to scoff these sweet treats, moon cakes. The cakes are made from thin dough shell containing fillings like jelly, dates, nuts or red bean paste. It is also the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the entire moon and watch the transition of the seasons. It is also the China’s hottest shindig after Spring Festival party, so it is not all stargazing.
In ancient China, emperors followed the rite of offering sacrifices to the sun in spring and to the moon in autumn. According to historic documents, Mid-Autumn came into being in Zhou Dynasty. Gradually, aristocrats and literary figures helped enlarge the service to the common individuals. From Tang Dynasty, the Mid-Autumn mooncake singapore Festival was fixed. During the subsequent dynasties, it developed to be the significant festival in China.
Folklore about the Festival – Chang E Flying to the Moon
Long ago, there were ten suns rising in the sky which scorched all plants and cause people’s poverty. A hero, named Hou Yi, sympathized people’s sufferings so that he ascended to the peak of the Kunlun Mountain and taken down the nine superfluous suns one after another with his superman power. He got the respect and love from people. A great deal of people of ethics came to him to learn martial arts from Hou Yi. A wicked people named Peng Meng lurk in them.
One day, Hou Yi visited his friends in Mount Kunlun and he was lucky to run across the Empress of Heaven Wangmu. Wangmu introduced to him a parcel of elixir to praise his participation of shooting suns. The elixir can help One ascend immediately to heaven and become a celestial being. Hou Yi gave the elixir to his wife Chang E to maintain. When Chang E hid the parcel in her treasure box, it had been seen by Peng guys.
Three Days afterwards, Hou Yi directed his followers to search but Peng Meng pretended to be sick and was abandoned. Subsequently Peng Meng, sword in hand, rush to the inner chamber to induce Chang E to provide him elixir. It was not possible for Chang E to conquer Peng Meng so she decided to take up the elixir and swallowed it in one gulp. Then she drifted off the floor, hurried from the window and flew toward paradise. Peng Meng escaped.