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Lavender
September 28th, 2001, 01:54 PM
The Mid Autumn Festival is usually celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month. According to the Chinese calender, it should be this Monday, Oct 1st. We celebrate the Mid Autumn Festival by having dinner at my mother's. When I was young, this was always a fun time. All my aunts & uncles & cousins would get together for a big feast. As I got older, I started to appreciate the meaning of this festival - not just from a pagan point but from a cultural & historical view as well. Funny enough, my parents were and are very strong Christians but they still hold to a lot of the old cultural traditions - as pagan as they seem.

I found this great website if anyone would like more info.

http://www.ntu.edu.sg/home1/s7822403g/cindy/introduction.htm

["Zhong Qiu Jie" probably began as a harvest festival. The festival was later given a mythological flavour with legends of Chang-E, the beautiful lady in the moon.

According to Chinese mythology, the earth once had 10 suns circling over it. One day, all 10 suns appeared together, scorching the earth with their heat. The earth was saved when a strong archer, Hou Yi, succeeded in shooting down 9 of the suns. Yi stole the elixir of life but to save the people from his tyrannical rule, his wife, Chang-E drank it. Thus started the legend of the lady in the moon to whom young Chinese girls would pray at the Mid-Autumn Festival.]