Leanne Wei

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival

In Ancient Chinese mythology, Chang'er is known as the Goddess of the Moon. She is remembered during the Mid-Autumn Festival: people give mooncakes in her honour, stare at the Moon in hopes of seeing her, and retell her sad tale of unrequited love.  Mid-autumn occurs on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, a date that parallels the autumnal equinox of the solar calendar, when the moon is at its fullest and roundest.  It is said that Chang'er transformed herself into brilliant moonlight and descended to earth to offer good fortune.  Couples swear their mutual love under the full moon while separated lovers pray for reunion under the full moonlight.

Wishing a happy Mid-Autumn festival to everyone celebrating!  I will be admiring the full moon tonight, eating moon cakes.