In Chinese mythology, the archer Hou Yi and his wife, Chang’e, were separated after she drank an elixir that made her fly to the Moon and become a Goddess. This is one of the legends that explains the rise of the Moon Festival, or Mid-Autumn Festival, a tradition that began during the Tang Dynasty, more than three thousand years ago. And it starts to be celebrated from tomorrow, in China.
The three-day holiday is used by the population to gather families, give thanks for the harvests, travel around the country and enjoy the famous moon cakes whose shape and flavor vary in different regions of the country. One of the most important traditions of the party is exchanging gifts or meeting relatives and friends.
The Moon Festival is held on the fifteenth day of the Eighth Lunar Month, which this year falls on the 21st of September. In addition to China itself, the holiday is also celebrated in other Asian countries, such as Japan, Laos and Singapore.
“Everything is very traditional, colorful. We ate and prepared the moon cakes with different textures and fillings and sat down to see the moon, which gets brighter at this time,” says Peng Lu, a resident of Beijing.
Edition: Arturo Hartmann