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中秋節-(The Mid Autumn Festival )
"The Mid Autumn Festival "falls on the 15th of the eighth month in the Lunar calendar, around the time of autumn equinox. According to Chinese legend, the moon is the roundest and brightest on this date. The Mid-Autumn Festival is traditional for both the Han and minority nationalities in China. Worshipping the moon can be traced back to the Xia and Shang Dynasties from 2000B.C. to 1066B.C. Nowadays, people in Hong Kong usually stay with their families or friends to enjoy the beauty of the full moon. Parks, beaches and play areas are packed with young and old enjoying themselves.
The goddess Chang'e is a famous Mid-Autumn Festival legend. Chang'e was a normal young woman. She fell in love with Hou Yi, who came from Heaven. After they got married, Hou Yi made an elixir so they could live together forever. But a wicked man named Feng Meng wanted the elixir for himself and killed Hou Yi. Feng Meng then forced Chang'e to give him the elixir. Chang'e refused and drank all the elixir. She was lifted to heaven and lived on the moon thereafter. When people admire the beauty of the moon during the Mid-Autumn Festival, they think of a beautiful goddess there.
On Mid-Autumn Festival, people eat various kinds of food, including mooncakes, starfruit and pears. The mooncake is linked to another legend. During the Yuan Dynasty, China was ruled by Mongolians. People from the preceding Sung Dynasty hated the new ruler so they secretly planned to rebel. Knowing that the Moon Festival was coming, they made special cakes and inserted messages inside with the plan to revolt. On the night of the festival, they successfully overthrew the Mongolian government. Today, mooncakes are eaten to commemorate this legend.