According to Chinese legends, in Ancient times the sky was filled with ten suns. The bright suns hid the night sky and the earth became parched. The famous archer, Hou Yi, aimed his bow at the sky and shot nine arrows into the sky. Nine suns were pierced and nine ravens fell to the earth.
For his reward, Hou Yi was given a container of the Elixir of Immortality. Planning to surprise and share it with his wife, Chang-E, he took the container home and hid it in the roof beams. When Chang-E came home, however, she smelled a wondrous fragrance. Looking for the source she found the container in the beams and drank all of the elixir.
Chang-E became so light the earth could not hold her and she floated up to the moon. To this day, she lives there as an immortal, with the Rabbit compounding the Elixir with his mortar and pestle.
The Moon Festival celebrates the return of the Harvest Moon. It takes place on the fifteenth day of the eighth lunar month. Traditionally it is a time for friends and families to gather, share food, and drink wine or tea. Moon cakes (a sweet bean pastry) are eaten, poetry is recited, and all eyes turn to the moon.
Date: Saturday, September 25, 2010
Time: 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Location: held at the Institute
~ The Evening’s Offerings will include ~
A Sumptuous Feast featuring local & organic seasonal harvest
Gu Qin Performance
Martial Arts Performance
Tickets: Members $60
Kids 12 and under free, with paying adult
Reservations requested in advance
RSVP by email: firstname.lastname@example.org