Moon Festival
Jim Mulhern Forever Families Fund

The Fourth Annual Moon Festival 2011
Date: Sunday, October 9, 2011
Time: 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Place: E.Bridgewater Commercial Club
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Legend of Moon Festival

The Moon Festival is on the fifteenth day of the eighth lunar month on the Chinese calendar. On this day, the moon appears at its brightest and for one night only it is said to be perfectly round.  The Moon Festival is one of the most important holidays in the Chinese calendar. 

There are many stories and legends about the moon festival, the most famous of which is the story of the Moon Goddess Chang E and her husband Hou Yi.  The story has many versions and is performed in theaters and puppet shows during moon festival celebrations.  One of the versions of the story took place around 2170 BC. The earth had ten suns at that time. They burned the ground. No crops could grow so that people suffered of the infertile. Hou Yi sympathized with the human people, so he decided to shoot down nine suns but leave one to benefit the human people. After he shot down the suns, he became a hero. He had a beautiful wife named Chang E and they lived happily together. Hou Yi had a lot of apprentices; they followed him to learn hunting. One day, on Hou Yi’s way back home the immortals emperor gave Hou Yi a pill for granted eternal life as a reward for shooting down the sun. He warned Hou Yi, “Make no haste to swallow the pill.” But Hou Yi loved Chang E very much and did not want to leave her, so he gave the pill to Chang E and let her store the pill in a safe place. Chang E put the pill in her jewelry box. But one of Hou Yi’s apprentices Peng discovered this secret. He decided to steal the pill. One day Hou Yi and his other apprentices went to the mountain. Peng pretended he was sick so that he could stay at home. Chang E stayed at home too. Peng intruded in Chang E’s room and forced her to give him the pill. Chang E knew she could not fight Peng, so she swallowed the pill immediately. After she swallowed the pill, she felt herself floating in the air and flying far and far away. She did not want to leave her husband, so she stopped at the moon which is closest to the earth. After Hou Yi found out what happened, he was very angry and sad. He looked up to the night and called Chang E’s name. He discovered that inside the moon there is a lady’s shadow that looks like Chang E, so he ran and ran and tired to reach the moon. He failed due to the wind. (Wikipedia.com)

For thousands of years, the Chinese people have related the changes of life to changes of the moon as it waxes and wanes; joy and sorrow, parting and reunion. Because the full moon is round and symbolizes reunion, the Moon Festival is also known as the festival of family reunion. All family members try to get together on this special day. Those who cannot return home watch the bright moonlight and feel deep longing for their loved ones.  (CHINAVOC.COM)  Even for a couple who can't be together, they can still enjoy the night by watching the moon at the same time so it seems that they are together at that hour. With the full moon, the legend, the family and the festival activities, you can't help thinking that this is really a perfect world. That is why the Chinese are so fond of the Moon Festival. (Chinese culture.about.com)

The Moon Festival is the perfect event to symbolize what Jim was all about  - togetherness, understanding, giving and the love for his children’s culture.  We hope you will be able to join us on this festive day to be part of our reunion and embrace Jim’s legacy and take the opportunity to dance with life.