The Mid-Autumn Festival has all interesting history. Long ago in one of the dynasties of China there was a king who was very cruel to the people and did not manage the country well. The people were so angry that some brave onessuggested killing the king. So they wrote notes telling about the meeting place and time and put them into cakes. On the 15th day of the 8th lunar month every person was told to buy the cakes. When they ate them they discovered the notes. So they gathered together to make a sudden attack on the king. From then on the Chinese people celebrate on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month and eat "moon cakes" in memory of that important event.
When the Mid-Autumn Festival is near, shop windows are beautifully decorated. Many "moon cakes" are displayed for people to buy. People send presents such aswine, fruits and "moon cakes" to their friends and relatives. In the evening of the day, they have a feast. After the feast, they go out to the garden to look at the moon. The children run and laugh on the streets.
It is believed that the moon is at her brightest on this night. Many poems have been written about it, and poets are never tired of reading and writing such poems. In Chinese literature, the moon of the Mid Autumn Festival has been compared to a looking-glass, a jade rabbit, and so on. It seems that Chinese literature takes far more interest in the moon than in the sun。
The Mid-Autumn or Moon Festival is one rich in poetic(诗意的`) significance. Ancient legends(古代的传说) that became interwoven with this festival‘s celebration further contribute to the warm regard in which it has always been held by the Chinese people. According to the lunar calendar(农历)， the seventh， eighth， and ninth months constitute the autumn season. Mid-Autumn Festival falls on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month， precisely in the middle of this season， when the heat of the summer has given way to cool autumn weather， marked by blue skies and gentle breezes. On this day the moon is at its greatest distance from the earth; at no other time is it so luminous. Then， as the Chinese say， “The moon is perfectly round.” In the villages the heavy work involved in the summer harvest has already been completed but the autumn harvest has not yet arrived.
The actual origins of the Mid-Autumn Festival are still very unclear. The earliest records are from the time of the great Han dynasty emperor Wu Di (156-87 B.C.)， who initiated celebrations lasting three days， including banquets and “Viewing the Moon” evenings on the Toad Terrace. We know that people during the Jin dynasty (265-420 A.D.) continued the custom of Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations， and similar accounts have come down to us from the time of the Tang dynasty. During the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) houses and gardens were decorated with numerous lanterns and the sound of gongs and drums filled the air.
Moon cakes came on sale shortly before festival time. In the past， one could get some cakes shaped like pagodas， others like a horse and rider， fish or animals. Still others were decorated with the images of rabbits， flowers， or goddesses. There were a myriad of different fillings available: sugar， melon seeds， almonds， orange peel， sweetened cassia blossom， or bits of ham and preserved beef. The cakes are of the northern and southern styles， but the latter (also called Guangdong-style) are the most popular and are available throughout the country.
The round shape of cakes just symbolizes not only the moon but also the unity of the family. Therefore the Mid-Autumn Festival is actually a day for family reunion.
Time flies like an arrow, and soon it comes to the annual Mid-Autumn festival. Every year on this day, every household should sing and dance. This year we are no exception.
This afternoon, we went to grandma's home three, then it was already evening, so we eat the family reunion dinner ready to top, and there are lucrative prizes. ,
We started to get the top pick, and we brought a red and red porcelain bowl for six dice. He started to get the top pick.
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We went to the roof of the house for the first time.
My father cut a moon cake to grandpa and grandma first, and then the moon rose slowly from the treetop, looking so noble and elegant. She is covered with silver yarn, with lightsome pace, step by step toward the sky, her soul, gorgeous and elegant, gold in her white, white like a woof mercury, gold like a pearl, the bright is dazzing, she will be soft moonlight sprinkled on the earth, the moon like water!
August 15th in Chinese Lunar Calendar is the Mid-Autumn Day. It is one of the most important traditional festivals in China.
On that day people usually go back home to have family reunion . Each family will have the members get together to have a big dinner. The most popular food ismoon cakes. They are round and look like the moon.
The moon is the brightest this night. People eat the delicious food while they are enjoying a beautiful full moon in their yard. At this time, some old people would like to tell many past events and tell the children a story about the rabbit on the moon . The children really believe that there is a rabbit on the moon. They hope to go to the moon and have a look one day.
What a great festival!