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Jackie07 10-01-2009 10:59 PM

(Chinese) Moon Festival - Is the moon bigger in foreign countries?

From www.Chinapage.com:
Many Chinese still think the Chinese Moon Festival is on the full moon day of mid-autumn. More than 50% chance, the moon full day is on the 16th moon day of a lunar month. It's interesting that the full moon day is on 17th moon day of the 8th lunar month in China time zone and the full moon day is on 16th moon day in USA time zones this year.

Sometimes, we can hear some Chinese say that the moon in USA is much bigger (round) than the moon in China. We should respect those people own a pair of good eyes. If people watch the moon at the Moon Festival night in USA, they can really see a bigger moon than at the Moon Festival night in China. In year 2000, for example, It's much closer to the full moon time 9-13-00 11:38 in PST than 9-14-00 03:38 in China on the night of 9-12-00.
The Moon Festival is a holiday in China. It's an occasion for family reunion. Chinese families like to get together to eat the moon cakes and watch the moon at the Moon Festival night. For the people are out of town or for Chinese are from China stay in USA, they miss their family or the lover at home and share the same moon at the night of the Moon Festival before the Internet gets popular.

There are some legendary stories for the Moon Festival.
1) The Lady - Chang Er
The date of this story is around 2170 B.C. The earth once had ten suns circling over it, each took its turn to illuminate to the earth. But one day all ten suns appeared together, scorching the earth with their heat. The earth was saved by a strong and tyrannical archer Hou Yi. He succeeded in shooting down nine of the suns. One day, Hou Yi stole the elixir of life from a goddess. However his beautiful wife Chang Er drank the elixir of life in order to save the people from her husband's tyrannical rule. After drinking it, she found herself floating and flew to the moon. Hou Yi loved hisdivinely beautiful wife so much, he didn't shoot down the moon.

2) The Man - Wu Kang
Wu Kang was ashiftless fellow who changed apprenticeships all the time. One day he decided that he wanted to be an immortal. Wu Kang then went to live in the mountains where he importuned an immortal to teach him. First the immortal taught him about the herbs used to cure sickness, but after three days his characteristic restlessness returned and he asked the immortal to teach him something else. So the immortal to teach him chess, but after a short while Wu Kang's enthusiasm again waned. Then Wu Kang was given the books of immortality to study. Of course, Wu Kang became bored within a few days, and asked if they could travel to some new and exciting place. Angered with Wu Kang's impatience, the master banished Wu Kang to the Moon Palace telling him that he must cut down a huge cassia tree before he could return to earth. Though Wu Kang chopped day and night, the magical tree restored itself with each blow, and thus he is up there chopping still.

3) The Hare - Jade Rabbit
In this legend, three fairy sages transformed themselves into pitiful old men and begged for something to eat from a fox, a monkey and a rabbit. The fox and the monkey both had food to give to the old men, but the rabbit, empty-handed, offered his own flesh instead, jumping into a blazing fire to cook himself. The sages were so touched by the rabbit's sacrifice that they let him live in the Moon Palace where he became the "Jade Rabbit."

4) The Cake - Moon Cake
During the Yuan dynasty (A.D.1280-1368) China was ruled by the Mongolian people. Leaders from the preceding Sung dynasty (A.D.960-1280) were unhappy at submitting to foreign rule, and set how to coordinate the rebellion without it being discovered. The leaders of the rebellion, knowing that the Moon Festival was drawing near, ordered the making of special cakes. Backed into each moon cake was a message with the outline of the attack. On the night of the Moon Festival, the rebels successfully attacked and overthrew the government. What followed was the establishment of the Ming dynasty (A.D. 1368-1644). Today, moon cakes are eaten to commemorate this legend.
By Chinese Fortune-Telling Calendar

ElaineM 10-02-2009 11:14 AM

Re: (Chinese) Moon Festival - Is the moon bigger in foreign country?
Thanks for sharing information about the Chinese Moon Festival.

Jackie07 09-21-2010 10:51 AM

Re: (Chinese) Moon Festival - Is the moon bigger in foreign country?
Happy Chinese 'Moon Festival':


This one has a video presentation:


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