The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival, is a cherished Chinese holiday celebrated on the 15th day of the eighth month in the lunar calendar. This grand celebration has a rich history and a tale that weaves together family, tradition, and the luminous beauty of the full moon.
The Legend of Chang’e and Hou Yi
At the heart of the Mid-Autumn Festival lies the legend of Chang’e and Hou Yi. This timeless tale is a story of love, sacrifice, and the quest for eternal happiness.
Long ago, ten suns blazed fiercely in the sky…
Long ago, ten suns blazed fiercely in the sky, causing immense suffering on Earth. To save humanity, the heroic archer Hou Yi shot down nine of these suns, bringing relief to the people. As a reward, he received an elixir of immortality from the Heavenly Queen Mother.
Hou Yi cherished this precious gift…
Hou Yi cherished this precious gift but faced a dilemma. He didn’t want to become immortal without his beloved wife, Chang’e. To keep the elixir safe from a covetous apprentice, he asked Chang’e to hide it.
One fateful day, while Hou Yi was away…
One fateful day, while Hou Yi was away, the apprentice attempted to steal the elixir. To prevent him from succeeding, Chang’e consumed the elixir herself. It granted her immortality, but it also caused her to float to the moon, forever separated from her husband.
Reunion Under the Silver Moon
Hou Yi was heartbroken by the loss of his wife but found solace in gazing at the moon, where he believed her spirit resided. To honor Chang’e, people began to offer sacrifices to the moon, starting the tradition of mooncakes, round pastries filled with sweet or savory fillings.
Modern Celebrations and Our Factory’s Holiday
In modern times, the Mid-Autumn Festival remains a time for family reunions. People travel great distances to be with their loved ones, enjoying mooncakes, tea, and the beauty of the moon. The festival also features various cultural performances, such as the dragon and lion dances, and the vibrant colors of lanterns.
This year, the Mid-Autumn Festival and China’s National Day align closely, providing an extended holiday period. Our factory will be closed from September 29th to October 4th, allowing our hardworking staff to celebrate these important festivals with their families. We will resume operations on October 5th, recharged and ready to provide you with our high-quality products.
The Mid-Autumn Festival is a celebration of love, reunion, and the enduring beauty of the moon. It reminds us of the importance of cherishing our relationships and the moments we share with family and friends. As the moon shines brightly on this special night, it brings people together in a timeless tradition that bridges the gap between the past and the present. We wish you a joyous Mid-Autumn Festival and a happy National Day!