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"Zhong Qiu Jie", which is also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival, is celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar. The festival is celebrated when the moon is believed to be the biggest and fullest. It is a time for family members and loved ones to congregate and enjoy the full moon - an auspicious symbol of abundance, harmony, and luck.
SWIS would like to celebrate this festival with the community by sharing these traditions. Please join us at 6:30 pm on Thursday, September 12th, for performances, activities, games, mooncakes, poetry sharing and moon-watching. Hope to see you there.
The story behind the Mid-Autumn Festival
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 got the elixir of life, he didn't drink it because he didn't want to leave his wife and his people. However, his wife, Chang-E stole the elixir and drank it. She flew to the Moon and was said that she had to stay there forever. Yi set up a banquet with fruit and cake with the shape of the moon to express his missing of his wife.
To some extent, it is like Thanks Giving day in other cultures. Many traditional and meaningful celebrations are held in most households in China, include eating mooncakes, having dinner with family, gazing at and worshipping the moon, and lighting lanterns. In the past, ancient poets would compose poetry about the moon and the Mid-autumn festivals, this tradition has since then became part of the mid-autumn culture.