Need a little refresher on the stories and legends of the Mid-Autumn Festival? Here’s some iconic folklore to get you up to speed‚ or hit the ‘share’ button to spread the mooncake love with friends and family!
你知道中秋节的来历以及它的故事吗？让我们一起认识这个传统节日吧！记得点击 “Share” 分享给你的家人朋友！
Story and Illustration by Aaron Mo, Cheri Loh
Translation by 988 FM
Once upon a time‚ ten suns burned bright in the sky. Their heat made people’s lives difficult as crops could not grow‚ and livestock could not survive.
One day‚ a brave archer named Hou Yi succeeded in shooting down nine suns‚ leaving just one in the sky.
As a reward for his heroic efforts‚ the Queen of the Heavens rewarded him with an elixir of immortality. He and his wife Chang’e planned to drink it together on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month.
When Hou Yi was out hunting on the 15th day‚ his apprentice invaded their home and forced Chang’e to surrender the elixir. She refused and drank it all instead.
The elixir caused her to rise towards the heavens‚ but she settled on the moon as it was closest to her beloved Hou Yi.
Her husband‚ stricken with grief‚ will put out fruits and cakes to her on the day of her departure.