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The Moon Festival （Mid-Autumn Festival) （中球节）
The moon festival or Mid-Autumn Festival, like all chinese festivals has a story behind it. Once upon a time there were 10 suns which took terns in circling the earth. One day, all 10 suns circled the earth all at once which produced a burning heat and started burning the earth. Emperor Yao Sent Houyi (后 羿） ; a skilled archer, to shoot down all the sun except 1. Houyi (后 羿） did his task and was rewarded with a pill that would let him fly. He had to pray for a month before he could eat the pill. Houyi (后 羿） hid the pill away under the floor boards of his house. On the last day of his praying the pill glowed a purple light which gave him a temporary ability to fly. The Emperor called on him just as he was about to eat the pill. Houyi (后 羿） went of to do his task but while he was away the Jade Emperor daughter ate the pill and started flying to the moon. Houyi released this and flew after her. When the Jade Emperors daughter reached the moon she coughed out a piece of the pill. Her sidekick; the Jade Bunny started trying to remake the pill so she could fly back to earth. She became the moon goddess and Houyi (后 羿） became the sun god. Now on the 15th day of the 8th month on the chinese calendar everybody in china celebrates the moon festival by eating moon cake with chinese tea, watching lion and dragon dances and carrying lanterns in till late to see the full moon. Moon cake（月 饼） is a small filling cake that often contains ducks eggs.
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