Saturday, October 07, 2006

The Legend behind Moon Cake Festival

The time of this story is around 2170 B.C.

The earth once had ten suns circling over it; each took its turn to illuminate to the earth. But one day all ten suns appeared together, scorching the earth with their heat. The earth was saved by a strong and tyrannical archer Hou Yi. He succeeded in shooting down nine of the suns. One day, Hou Yi stole the elixir of life from a goddess. However his beautiful wife Chang Er drank the elixir of life in order to save the people from her husband's tyrannical rule. After drinking it, she found herself floating and flew to the moon; where she lived ever since. Hou Yi loved his divinely beautiful wife so much; he didn't shoot down the moon.

Hou Yi can only meet Chang Er on the 15th of the 8th lunar month, which apparently comes on October 6, 2006 which was yesterday. The Chinese celebrates it as The Moon Festival.

Notes:
Chinese culture is deeply imbedded in traditional festivals. Just like Christmas and Thanksgiving in the West, the Moon Festival is one of the most important traditional events for the Chinese.

The Moon Festival is also an occasion for family reunions. When the full moon rises, families get together to watch the full moon, eat moon cakes, and sing moon poems. With the full moon, the legend, the family and the poems, you can't help thinking that this is really a perfect world. That is why the Chinese are so fond of the Moon Festival.

The Moon Festival is also a romantic one. A perfect night for the festival is if it is a quiet night without a silk of cloud and with a little mild breeze from the sea. Lovers spend such a romantic night together tasting the delicious moon cake with some wine while watching the full moon. Even for a couple who can't be together, they can still enjoy the night by watching the moon at the same time so it seems that they are together at that hour. A great number of poetry has been devoted to this romantic festival. Hope the Moon Festival will bring you happiness.

The moon cake (in Chinese called Tiong Cu Pia) is the food for the Moon Festival. The Chinese eat the moon cake at night with the full moon in the sky.

As far as I know, there are two kinds of moon cake; the round-thin that filled with vary tastes like chocolate, durian, cempedak, etc., and the brown thick one with Chinese words printed on its top which is usually filled with salted egg. I never eat the brown one, since my mom never bought it. I love the round-thin one anyway. *grin*

Source: Wikipedia, Cerita Bagio dan Susana, Chinese Fortune
Pictures: Wikipedia, me

14 comments:

  1. mao yg durian donk....kirim 1 kesini.....hahahahaha

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  2. i should've found this earlier when i did my post.

    nice.

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  3. waah Spedaman pernah nyobain tp lupa kue yang mana.
    pada dasarnya hanya ada makanan yg enak dan sangat enak:p
    wakakaka...

    Semangka ujiannya!!

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  4. Hello Devi, how are you. It's been a while. Yes, i do agree with you that Chinese culture is deeply imbedded in traditional festivals. There's the ghosts festivals where when there's anything wrong, the ghosts gets the blame. Moon cakes is too sweet for me but i do enjoy it during this festival.

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  5. duhhh gue ga makan kue bulannn...kangen tion ciu pia nyaaa hahaha

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  6. iya nih gw mau abnget yg duriann...
    pasti asik

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  7. I have never had a mooncake but looking at those pictures has got my mouth watering!

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  8. I thought that your Bataknese...

    hmmm, but i wonder where do i can get the one with durian taste :9

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  9. maooo bagi dunkkkk.... *ngiler*

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  10. @avante: my mom is a Chinese :) So half Bataknese and half Chinese I am? You name it lah, LOL..

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  11. haaaaahh gw kok bisa ngga tahu-menahu yah? Di Australia payah sih.. but I did eat one thou.. (a friend gave me) not sure if it was on the 6th.. thx for the info anyway.. DuH!!.. (beginilah susahnya mengikuti kebudayaan timur di barat) ;-)

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  12. I missed it as well.
    I was dining away with my friend when she mentioned that the Moon Festival was on two days ago... and spent the following 10mins lamenting over missed opportunity of good food in Chinatown.

    On the other hand, the Japanese turns out to observe the Moon Festival as well. There was this rabbit-shaped 'usagi' sweets sold at a fancy sweets store - they are too cute to be eaten!

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  13. @pengamat: gw juga baru tau gara2 denger di radio pas pagi2 tgl 6 di jalan pas mo ke kampus. Ada cerita pagi gtu di female radio morning coffee, jadi gw searching2 deh di internet buat posting disini. LOL. Don't worry, setelah sekian lama gw juga baru tau sekarang hahaha...

    @mukuge: hm there's no great celebration here. It's ok, there will be one next year ;)

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  14. hmmm.. kmarin nggak sempat ngumpul bareng keluarga lama2.. tapi sempat dikasih beberapa potong moon cake
    nyum!:D

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