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Faye Wong: Wish Our Love Last Fovever 王菲 – 但愿人长久

I love this song deeply, very emotional, sentimental, full of remorse and regrets and yearning for the the love that we wish can last forever.

The lyric is very poetic, as it was the classic Su Tongpor’s poem about love in the moonlight night of Mid Autumn festival, some 1,000 tyears ago in the Northern Song Dynasty.

Today is the Lunar August 15 Mid-Autumn Festival.

Origin of Mid-Autmn Festival

Mid-Autumn Festival originated in China, is a traditional folk festival in East Asia, for the annual Lunar New Year August 15.

Mid-Autumn Festival is not only celebrated by the Chinese, it is celebrated in Japan, Vietnam, the Korean Peninsula and other places of traditional festivals.

According to the Chinese lunar calendar, the fall in August for the second month, in ancient times known as the autumn, so called Mid-folk, also known as Chuseok, Mid-Autumn Festival, August half month evening, May Day, but also because this day The moon is full circle, symbolizing reunion, also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival.

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Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival. Mooncake and Tea. Photo Credit: Desmond Sim

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival in Penang, Malaysia. Children Playing with Lanterns. Image 5A Image size:720x720px

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival in Penang, Malaysia. Photo Credit: Keewan Choong

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival in Penang, Malaysia. Delights with Lanterns. Image 4A Image size:720x720px

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival in Penang, Malaysia. Photo Credit: Keewan Choong

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Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival. Classical Arts: Painting. Photo Credit: Jane Yen

What is the source of the legend of the Mid-Autumn Festival?

It is the famous story of the Moon. The legend in the folk there are several versions handed, general content is: According to legend, in ancient times the hero shot at the Chang-e Hou Yi married and become king, but he was more violent, repeated the purposes of bad governance, became a tyrant. One day, Hou Yi to give a packet of immortality from the Queen Mother’s hands seek, as long as eating elixir, can become immortal heaven.

After Chang E knew put the elixir of all swallow, then turned into a fairy, fly to the moon. People who heard the acclamation becoming immortal, have furnishings incense table in the next month, to pray for peace auspicious Chang E, whereby they gradually formed a Mid-worship customs.

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Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival. Classical Arts: Painting. Photo Credit: Jane Yen

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival. Classical Arts: Painting. Image 8A Image size:400x400px

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival. Classical Arts: Painting. Photo Credit: Jane Yen

Mooncake

The full moon: Mooncake is one of the traditional Mid-Autumn Festival of the project, “Book” has long been documented, “autumn twilight eve”, meaning the worship of the moon, every at this time will have to face cold and festival on hold, set incense table.

To the Tang and Song dynasties, the full moon became more popular, poems about the Mid-Autumn Festival are endless, including ji’s “Magnolia slow Mid-Autumn Festival,” Su Shi’s “Prelude.” “Tokyo Midtown” more reads: “In the autumn, your home knot ornaments Taixie, accounting restaurants Wanyue civil dispute.”

Eat moon cake, grapefruit: moon and eat moon cake has been around the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival is essential custom, the saying goes: “August fifteen months Zhengyuan, the Mid-Autumn moon cake fragrant and sweet.” The word moon cake, from the Southern Song Wuzi Mu “Dream Liang Lu”, when only a telecommunications foods.

Later, people gradually to the full moon and the moon cake together, meaning family reunion, sustenance thoughts. Meanwhile, the Mid-Autumn Festival moon cake is between friends used to contact the feelings of the important gift.

Barbecue: the mid-1980s, Taiwan began to rise in mid-autumn barbecue habit, particularly flourished in the middle. Its sources say there are many.

One that advertisers influence, said to be the second full moon at night hungry, outdoor barbecue has become popular. This habit is believed this year, Taiwan’s economic take-off, westernized life, the joint impact of traditional folk customs, strictly speaking up, Taiwan’s Mid-Autumn Festival BBQ Festival Folk new extension should be westernized barbecue habit.

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Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival. Classical Arts: Painting. Photo Credit: Jane Yen

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival. Old Imperial City. Classical Arts: Painting. Image 16A Image size:400x400px

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival. Old Imperial City. Classical Arts: Painting. Photo Credit: 苗重安繪

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Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival. Classical Arts: Painting. Photo Credit: Jane Yen

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