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为什么要吃月饼呢?

                                              


    Mooncakes are to Mid-Autumn Festival what mince pies are to Christmas. The seasonal roundcakes traditionally have a sweet filling of lotus seed paste or red bean paste and often have oneor more salted duck eggs in the center to represent the moon. And the moon is what thiscelebration is all about. Mid-Autumn Festival falls on the 15th day of the 8th month, it is thetime when the moon is said to be at its brightest and fullest.

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There are two legends which claim to explain the tradition of eating mooncakes. One TangDynasty myth holds that the Earth once had 10 suns circling it. One day all 10 suns appearedat once, scorching the planet with their heat. It was thanks to a skillful archer named Hou Yithat the Earth was saved. He shot down all but one of the suns. As his reward, the HeavenlyQueen Mother gave Hou Yi the Elixir of Immortality, but she warned him that he must use itwisely. Hou Yi ignored her advice and, corrupted by fame and fortune, became a tyrannicalleader. Chang-Er, his beautiful wife, could no longer stand by and watch him abuse his powerso she stole his Elixir and fled to the moon to escape his angry wrath. And thus began thelegend of the beautiful woman in the moon, the Moon Fairy.

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The second legend has it that during the Yuan Dynasty, an underground group led by ZhuYuan Zang was determined to rid the country of Mongolian dominance. The moon cake wascreated to carry a secret message. When the cake was opened and the message read, anuprising was unleashed which successfully routed the Mongolians. It happened at the time ofthe full moon, which, some say, explains why mooncakes are eaten at this time.

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Mooncakes are usually stamped with Chinese characters indicating the name of the bakery andthe type of filling used. Some bakeries will even stamp them with your family name so that youcan give personalised ones to friends and family. They are usually presented in boxes of fourwhich indicate the four phases of the moon. Traditional mooncakes are made with melted lard,but today vegetable oil is more often used in the interests of health.

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Mooncakes are not for the diet-conscious as they are loaded with calories. The best way towash down one of these sticky cakes is with a cup of Chinese tea, especially Jasmine orChrysanthemum tea, which aids the digestion.

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