Get hooked on Mid-Autumn Festival (Part 1/2) first before you proceed!
You have seen Chinatown in the day. Mid-Autumn Festival Part 2/2 is about S.E.X in The City…
Freak not! It’s Mid-Autumn Festival story telling time!
Just like any festivals, there are legends behind them. Do you know that a lady landed on the Moon first, long before Armstrong and his team made it to that satellite? This is about the legendary Chang’e (嫦娥), appearing with her sexy low-cut v-shape robe at Chinatown =P. Last year, China launched its first lunar probe, also named Chang’e 1 (嫦娥一号).
There are many beautiful legends about the Mid-Autumn Festival. A popular one is about an archer named Hou yi who shot down nine suns when ten of them appeared together one day, scorching the earth with heat. This guy fell in love with the beautiful Chang’e.
Due to the good deeds that Hou yi had done (well, shooting nine suns is no joke!), the Western Queen Mother rewarded him with the elixir. If both Hou yi and Chang’e shared the elixir, they would enjoy eternal life together; if only one of them took it, that one would ascend to Heaven and become immortal.
A wicked man overheard the conversation. He wanted that elixir to become an immortal. He killed Hou yi. To prevent the baddy from taking the elixir, Chang’e consumed all of it. When the elixir took effect, she was lifted towards Heaven. She chose to live on the Moon cos it is the nearest to Earth! She transformed herself into brilliant moonlight and offer good fortune to the people.
Did you see a rabbit next to Chang’e on the above pic? It’s the Moon rabbit (月兔) or Jade rabbit (玉兔) which is a companion of Chang’e. The Moon rabbit makes elixirs too! But according to the Japanese and Korean myths, it makes Mochi (glutinous rice cake). =_=”
Moncakes again?! There is also a legend! During the Yuan Dynasty (A.D.1280-1368), China was ruled by the Mongolians. Leaders from the preceding Sung Dynasty were unhappy with the foreign ruler, so they coordinated the rebellion without being discovered. How they did it?
Well, when the Mid-Autumn Festival was approaching, they made special cakes and baked into each cake was a message outlining the attack. On the full moon night, the rebels successfully attacked and overthrew the Mongolian government. Ming Dynasty was formed then. So, mooncake is said to commemorate the victory. What is in my mooncake now? Salted duck egg york…
On Mid-Autumn Festival, it’s about family reunion too. Chinatown is brighten up with decorative lights and red lanterns.
Street buskers singing and dancing to entertain the crowd.
Battery operated lanterns hanging on the bridge across Chinatown.
Decorative lights along the roadside.
Performers on stage for the Mid-Autumn celebration.
Chinatown Food Street. Yes, I am talking about Singapore Chinatown.
“Vote for your favourite lantern-making” contest.
Most of the materials used to make those lanterns are recycled materials like bottles and toilet paper rolls.
Decorative lightings of twelve lovely Chinese zodiac animal signs. These decorations are able to “dance”.
The twelve Chinese zodiac animal signs are horse, roaster, snake, dragon, tiger, rabbit, monkey, pig, dog, rat, sheep and ox.