The Mid-Autumn festival has a long history, and other traditional festivals, is also developed slowly, the ancient emperors have appeared in spring, autumn ritual ceremonies, as early as in the "rites", for the word "Mid-Autumn festival". Later aristocrats and scholars also follow up, in the Mid-Autumn festival, bright moon in the sky was bright and round round, worship, their feelings, the custom spread to folk, thus forming a traditional activity, until the tang dynasty, the customs of the offerings on more people to pay attention to, Mid-Autumn festival became fixed festivals, the book of tang dynasty, emperor taizong "records" August 15 Mid-Autumn festival ", the festival flourished in song dynasty, to Ming and qing dynasties, along with New Year's day, to become one of the major festivals in China.
wu gang won
About the Mid-Autumn festival has a legend: from the moon before the moon palace osmanthus grow thickly, there are more than five hundred high, below there is a person always in cut it, but every time after cut, be cut immediately closed again. For thousands of years, and thus increases with the increasing cut the tree osmanthus can never be cut out. It is said that the tree of man named wu gang, is the han dynasty the condition, had to follow order immortal, in heaven, but he made a mistake, fairy relegated him to the moon palace, doing this in vain sweat, day by day as a punishment. "For even months Li Baishi laurel, hold for cold pay".
Zhu yuanzhang with the uprising
The Mid-Autumn festival to eat moon cakes began in the yuan dynasty. At that time, the central plains the masses of the people unbearable ruling class and the brutality of the yuan dynasty rule, have anti-intifada yuan. Zhu yuanzhang joint rostrum resistance forces to the uprising. But the court officers and soldiers search is very tight, very difficult to impart information. Strategist liu bowen has come up with an idea, with the slogan "August 15 night uprising" in the note inside the pancake, and then sent separately to around the rebel army, of inform them in response to August 15 night uprising. On the day of the uprising, various rebel toghter response, insurgents as spark set the prairie ablaze.
Soon, managed under the yuan dynasty, the uprising was a success. News, zhu yuanzhang hurriedly happily make announcement.that, in the upcoming Mid-Autumn festival, let all the soldiers and the people, and then started a secret message "moon cakes", as a seasonal cakes reward ministers. Since then, the "moon cakes" made more sophisticated, more variety, predators such as disc, become a popular gift. Mooncakes are to Mid-Autumn festival after it became popular in the folk.