The moon festival is one of the most celebrated Chinese holidays. It is held on the 15th day of the Eighth lunar month. Chinese legends say that the Moon is at its brightest and roundest on this day.
The round shape to a Chinese means family reunion. Therefore, the moon festival is a holiday for members of a family to get together whenever it is possible. On that day, sons and daughters will bring their family members back to their parents house for a reunion. Under this bright autumn moon, friendships are made and renewed.
The August moon festival is often called the women’s festival because the Moon symbolises beauty and elegance. In fact, many ancient August moon folk tales are about a moon maiden. On this magical night, little children on Earth can see a lady on the Moon. If they make a wish to her, it is believed that their dreams will come true.
Chang E or Heng O is the moon fairy in Chinese myth. The Moon does not represent any deity in Chinese culture. The Moon is a place where immortal fairies live.
According to Chinese fairy tales, the fairy Chang E, a wood cutter named Wu Gang and a jade rabbit which is Chang E’s pet, all live on the Moon. In the old days, people paid their respects to the fairy Chang E and her pet, the jade rabbit during the festival.
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