There are many Moon Festival stories. So this is only one story about the Moon Festival here in Taiwan. A long time ago a man called Houyi saved the earth from 10 hot suns shining in the sky. He shot 9 of them down with his bow and arrow because he was a great archer. His wife was the beautiful Chang Er. Over time Houyi became a bad Emperor, ruling his people like a bully on the playground – pushing and hitting others, making people cry, being stubborn and selfish, and not sharing any of his toys.
Everyone was scared of him.
One day the Emperor decided he wanted to live forever, and so he asked his best doctors to make a powerful elixir to grant him immortality. Chang Er, his beautiful wife, stole this elixir of eternal life and drank it herself to save everyone from such a horrible Emperor. But the elixir was too strong for her and she floated higher and higher until she landed on the moon. Chang Er became the Moon Goddess and met the Jade Rabbit, who lived in the Moon Palace.
Together they make medicine every day for the gods and for all the sick people of the earth.
So every year we follow the Chinese Lunar Calendar and we wait for the 8th month and then we wait a little longer for the 15th day. And on this 15th day of the 8th month, we sit under the full moon, we remember the stories of Chang Er, the Moon Goddess, and her little friend, the hard-working Jade Rabbit, and we eat moon cakes. We eat pomelos and other fruit, too, and we put the pomelo rinds on our heads. We light fireworks and we barbecue with our friends and our family. Moon Festival is the best time to be friendly and happy.
Enjoy the Moon Festival this year, because it’s the best time for everyone to be together. Happy Moon Festival, everyone!