Monday, October 1, 2007

While we were away...

The Harvest Moon shined so bright! Here is a photo of the Harvest moon taken on September 25th...during our wedding anniversary celebration while at Disney. Words can not describe how beautiful it was!

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The Chinese Legend of the Harvest Moon...

The Moon festival (also called the Mooncake or Mid-Autumn festival) falls on September 25th in the year 2007. What is the Moon festival? Every year on the fifteenth day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar, when the moon is at its maximum brightness for the entire year, the Chinese celebrate "zhong qiu jie." Children are told the story of the moon fairy living in a crystal palace, who comes out to dance on the moon's shadowed surface. The legend surrounding the "lady living in the moon" dates back to ancient times, to a day when ten suns appeared at once in the sky. The Emperor ordered a famous archer to shoot down the nine extra suns. Once the task was accomplished, Goddess of Western Heaven rewarded the archer with a pill that would make him immortal. However, his wife found the pill, took it, and was banished to the moon as a result. Legend says that her beauty is the greatest on the day of the moon festival.

(the final photos of our Disney trip are coming soon...)

4 comments:

sara said...

gorgeous picture! I totally snagged it for my own future reference:) Thanks for including the story........

LINDA said...

What a beautifully detailed photo. I, too, lifted it. You never know when it will come in handy.
I hadn't heard the story of the month festival though I'd seen reference to it on other blogs.
Tjank you.

LINDA said...

Sorry. I meant moon festival.
And I mispelled Thank YOU!!

LaLa said...

Beautiful moon...

Still waiting on those Disney pics : ) Thanks for all your help with our trip.