An illustration of ancient Moon Day night
Tonight the celestial golden mirror of the middle autumn
unites the land in a reflective glow, as it is a night with a
perfect full moon.
According to the Daoist theory,
what happens on earth is a reflection of what happens in
heaven. It is believed that the Great Yin the moon governs
people’s emotional responses, as opposed to the Great Yang
the sun that is in charge of people’s physical aspects, therefore
when the moon resumes the fullest shape of the year, people
– at least Chinese people - are in the mood for a reunion
gathering. And that is what Chinese have been doing for thousands
of years: have a family dinner, complete with moon
cakes, then take a tour to lantern-decorated streets
and gardens, participating in lantern riddle games or poetry
contests. As well as – which is a modern addition - watch
moon party shows on TV.
or Butterfly Execution?
Chinese are known for being a hard working and diligent
people. But some times some Chinese are just working a bit
too hard, which becomes rather destructive, for instance
when they keep decorating lawns and streets with empty bottles
and plastic bags, volunteering loud talking shows in public
spaces. But those acts pale greatly in comparison to what
some of the Chinese visitors did at a butterfly exhibition
in Jinan, Shandong
Province, because in that case the consequence was deadly.
When the show started, there were 10,000 lively butterflies,
two days later, 8,000 dead, apparently in the busy hands
of the visitors.
The exhibition site was virtually transformed into an execution
site. No wonder the traumatized show organisers declaimed
that the butterfly party was over. Well, at lease for one
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