Moon Festival

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Tony Yin writes, The moon festival is the second biggest holiday in China after New Years.

The moon festival is the second biggest holiday in China after New Years. It is on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar year (used a long time ago in China). This year the festival is held on 9/25. This celebrates the day when the moon is the brightest. This holiday is mainly to celebrate family reunions. On that day, people travel in order to meet with relatives and share their year. When families come together, they mostly eat the must-have moon cakes in order to celebrate this great holiday.Just like most other Chinese holidays, there is a mythical story behind this holiday. There was a legend saying that once upon a time, a fairy lived in a crystal palace. She comes out to dance on the moon’s shadowed surface. This fairy was once a woman living on Earth when there were ten suns in the sky all at the same time. The king ordered a man to shoot down nine suns and as a reward; the king gave the man an immortal pill. Instead, his wife stole the pill and ate it. The angered king banished her from Earth on to the moon.Today, there are many ways to celebrate the popular moon cake festival. The most common way to celebrate it is by eating moon cakes. Typical moon cakes are round pastries with all kinds of different flavors. The cake is about 10 cm in diameter and 4-5 cm thick. A thick filling usually made from lotus paste is surrounded by a relatively thin (2-3 mm) crust and may contain yolks from salted duck eggs. They are a delicious treat to be shared with family members and friends. The moon cake is round is because it is the symbol for a round moon.Why eat moon cakes? Well, During the Yuan dynasty, China was ruled by the Mongolian people. Leaders from all over the country wanted to rebel from the Mongolian rule. So they made the moon cake to coordinate the rebellion without being discovered. Each moon cake held a message of the attack from the rebellion leaders. On the night of the Moon Festival, the rebels successfully attacked and overthrew the government.So the next time someone asks you what the moon festival is, you’ll know.

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  1. Your story is great!
    Your story is great! I’ve never had a moon cake before and I want to try now. They sound good and there is a cool story behind them. Do you eat moon cakes on this holiday?

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