When the Mid-Autumn Fes­ti­val Comes


Special Focus - - Contents - Zhang Chengy­i张成熠

The Mid- Autumn Fes­ti­val is one of the most an­tic­i­pated and im­por­tant fes­ti­vals among Chi­nese. Chil­dren can fi­nally eat the moon cakes that are on dis­play all around them for the month be­fore. Grownups cher­ish the pre­cious chance to gather to­gether with rel­a­tives and friends. El­ders wait for their chil­dren to ar­rive back at home. What­ever the rea­son is to look for­ward, the Mid- Autumn Fes­ti­val is one of the most re­mark­able cel­e­bra­tions in China.

Yel­low­ish, fra­grant cakes im­me­di­ately pop into the mind of ev­ery Chi­nese in­di­vid­ual when think­ing about the Mid- Autumn Fes­ti­val. Moon cakes were orig­i­nated in the Song Dy­nasty ( 960- 1279). As the great Song poet Su Shi wrote: “Lit­tle cakes re­sem­bling the moon, with crisps and sweets in it.”

There are also fas­ci­nat­ing his­tor­i­cal anecdotes about moon cake from other times. The very first em­peror of Ming Dy­nasty ( 1368- 1644), Zhu Yuanzhang (1328-1398), used moon­cakes as en­velopes dur­ing his rev­o­lu­tion. At that time, the em­peror of Yuan Dy­nasty ( 1271- 1368) had ex­tremely rigid re­stric­tions about mes­sage send­ing, mak­ing it ex­ces­sively dif­fi­cult for the re­bel­lion to com­mu­ni­cate with other revo­lu­tion­ary forces. The leader of the re­bel­lion, Zhu

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