Long,long ago there was an excellent archer called Hou Yi.He was married to a beautiful woman called Chang’e.
High in the sky,there were 10 burning suns.The suns were too hot.They were scorching the earth.The plants,animals and people were struggling to stay alive.
Hou Yi was tired of the suns and the heat,so he shot down nine of the suns,leaving just one to give light and enough heat.The people were saved.
The Queen was so thakful,that she gave Hou Yi a bottle of elixir.This potion would make him immortal.
Hou Yi asked Chang’e to keep the potion safe until he needed it.
One day,while Hou Yi was out hunting,a thief came to steal the elixir.
Chang’e knew the only way to stop the thief from taking the elixir was for her drink it.
The elixir made Chang’e float high into the sky.She kept floating until she reached the moon.
When Hou Yi realised his wife was gone forever,he was devastated.
Hou Yi made Chang’e favourite cakes and placed them on a table under the moon,hoping she would return to him.
Since then,during the Moon Festival,people offer food to the moon,especially “mooncakes”.
An underground group led by Zhu Yuan Zang was determined to rid the country of Mongolian dominance.
The moon cake was created to carry a secret message.
When the cake was opened and the message read, an uprising was unleashed which successfully routed the Mongolians.
It happened at the time of the full moon, which, some say, explains why mooncakes are eaten at this time.