We used to have a huge celebration when I was younger and the extended family was living together, but now, with most of us grown up and living in separate houses, it's a much smaller affair.
All my brother and I did today was to go to the library and buy a lantern for the night.
|Children's section of the Central Library|
My brother chose a seal lantern this year^^
It's so cute!
|The bro playing :D|
From there, the legend differs. One version says that after he shot down the suns, Houyi received a pill for immortality. However, he didn't want to leave Chang-e, and so, didn't take it. However, one day, a disciple of his betrayed him and tried to grab the pill for himself. Chang-e refused to let him have it, and ended up eating it. So, she ascended to the moon, taking with her only a rabbit.
The other story has Houyi becoming a mean and vicious king. And Chang-e eats the pill of immortality before he can eat it, and ascends to the moon, taking the rabbit with her.
Personally, I prefer the first version, because when I was younger, I watched a drama of the first version starring Fann Wong and Christopher Lee. Plus, it's nice to imagine that Houyi didn't turn evil.
In both cases, Chang-e only takes the pill to save others. She basically condemns herself to a life of loneliness. The rabbit is either pounding medicine (for the pill) or making mochi, depending on which version you hear.
And of course, we also eat mooncakes:
|Snowskin mooncake. There's also baked mooncakes and many others.|
Hope everyone has had a great Mid-Autumn Festival, and a good start to the week!
ETA: I forgot to share! Chinatown has been decorated for the Mid-Autumn Festival! So here are some photos that I took:
|You can totally tell this picture was edited|