Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival

The Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival originated from the worship of celestial phenomena and evolved from the sacrifice of the moon in autumn in ancient times. Sacrificing the moon is a very ancient custom in China. It is a worship activity for the “moon god” by the ancients in some parts of ancient China. In the autumn equinox of the twenty-four solar terms, it is the ancient “Sacrificial Moon Festival”. The Mid-Autumn Festival comes from the traditional “autumn equinox”. In the ancient farming society, the ancients believed that the movement of the moon had a lot to do with agricultural production and seasonal changes, so worshiping the moon became an important sacrificial activity. Moon worship, as one of the important rituals and customs of folk festivals, has gradually evolved into activities such as viewing the moon and singing the moon.

Last year, our Hongdefa company talked about one of the legends of the Mid-Autumn Festival. This year, we are going to talk about the second legend about the Mid-Autumn Festival: according to legend, the laurel tree in front of the Guanghan Palace on the moon is luxuriant, more than five feet high, and there is a person below. Cut it down, but after each cut, the cut place closes up again immediately. For thousands of years, just like this, this osmanthus tree can never be cut down. It is said that the man who chopped the tree was named Wu Gang, who was from the Han Dynasty. He followed the immortals to cultivate Taoism and went to the heaven. But when he made a mistake, the immortals relegated him to the Moon Palace, and he did this kind of futile drudgery every day as a punishment.

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