Let’s celebrate the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival together with our friends and families, listening to fascinating cultural traditions of the Chinese culture.
Let me tell you a love story: The time of ten Suns and the story of the Moon Goddess Chang’E…
A long time ago, there was a beautiful woman named Chang’E. She had a handsome lover named HouYi. HouYi was a brilliant archer. As the legend goes, there were ten Suns at that time and people used to live in blistering heat. To save the Earth, HouYi shot down nine of the Suns and received the elixir of mortality in return.
The elixir was only one and HouYi never wanted to leave his love Chang’E. So he gave the precious elixir to Chang’E. One day, when HouYi went hunting, a thief came to steal the elixir. To save it, Chang’E took the potion and flew to the moon. She became the moon goddess, leaving HouYi back on Earth.
HouYi missed Chang’E and displayed fruits and cakes in the shape of moon cake that Chang’E liked as an offering to the Moon. In remembrance of their love, people in China offer fruits to the moon and eat the moon cake even today. This is the legend of the origins of the mid-autumn festival, which is also called The Moon festival.