Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Moon Festival

Just like Christmas and Thanksgiving in the West, the Moon Festival is one of the most important traditional events for the Chinese.

The Moon Festival is full of legendary stories. Legend says that Chang-Er flew to the moon, where she has lived ever since. You might see her dancing on the moon during the Moon Festival.
The Moon Festival is also an occasion for family reunions. When the full moon rises, families get together to watch the full moon, eat moon cakes, and sing moon poems.

With the full moon, the legend, the family and the poems, you can't help thinking that this is really a perfect world. That is why the Chinese are so fond of the Moon Festival.

Read this!

The Moon Festival, by Arlene Chan 
During the Moon Festival, there are many captivating legends. The enchanting story of the beautiful Chang O is filled with deeds of heroism as her brave husband, Hou Yi, shoots down nine suns and saves the world from destruction. His reward is a magic potion that promises immortality. Chang O discovers the treasured reward and, after taking the potion, finds herself flying to the moon where she is doomed to live alone forever.


Moon Festival, by Ching Yeung Russell

In this poignant, autobiographical story, one child wishes to Chang O that she will some day be reunited with her parents, who live far away. Stunning and dramatic oil paintings portray the families gathered for worship, children dancing in the streets, and one child's dream. Here is an evocative collaboration of pictures and text that captures the joy of an important Chinese holiday.
Moon Festival by Ching Yeung Russell
Lin Yi's Lantern a Moon Festival tale, by Brenda Williams
Lin Yi is given money to buy items  at the market for tonight's Moon Festival.  If he bargains well, he can purchase a red rabbit lantern for himself.
But he must purchase everything on his mother's list first! This heart-warming story will resonate with both children and adults, as they learn about the wonderful Chinese Moon Festival and the rewards that come from putting others first. Set in China, this story offers an opportunity to learn about Chinese customs through the accessible story of a young boy who has his heart set on buying a lantern for the festival. 

Lin Yi's Lantern

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