Those of you that took advantage of our mid-autumn festival villa promotion
may still be enjoying a peaceful private retreat in blissful tropical surroundings on Phuket or Koh Samui. In sharp contrast to such tranquil escapism, cities like Hong Kong, Ho Chi Minh City and Taipei are still nursing their headaches and cleaning up after a long weekend of overindulgence, bright lights, packed processions, fireworks and boisterous celebrations.
Even in your island escape, you may have observed some of the more modern rituals associated with the Moon Festival, such as feasting on some tasty mooncakes, or even enjoying a barbecue under the moon and stars, which is also a popular choice for families across Asia during the celebrations. A tropical island is also one of the best places to recount the legend that inspires this 3,000 year old festival to your kids. A tale of magic and mystery that has several versions depending on which country it originates.
One of the more popular tales involves a skilled archer called Houyi, who was asked by the Jade Emperor to shoot down 9 out of 10 suns one season because they were burning up the earth. When he completed the task successfully, he was rewarded with a pill that offered him eternal life. Unfortunately, while he was away on another important mission with his bow, his wife Chang'e found the sacred tablet and swallowed it, only to discover she could fly. When Houyi discovered that his wife had eaten the pill he then chased her out of the house and into the sky, but she escaped his anger to hide on the moon. In her exhaustion, she then coughed up some of the pill and lost her ability to fly, leaving her stranded. A rabbit that lived on the moon then found poor Chang'e and set about helping her make a new pill so she could return to her husband on earth, but such magic is not easy to conger and the rabbit is still pounding herbs for the pill to this day. Meanwhile, Houyi decided to build himself a palace on the sun, perhaps to create a little Ying
balance in his life. Every year on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month, he visits his wife on the moon and it shines brighter than ever.
Sitting by the villa pool, taking in the warm sea breeze and looking up at the night sky, you may even be able to spot the shape of the rabbit hard at work on the moon, or imagine poor Chang'e as she waves goodbye to her love for another year. One thing's for sure, you to will be sad to leave the island when it's time to head back to the bustle of city life. But worry not. No matter where you live in the world, it's but a short hop from Bangkok back to the soothing splendour of Thailand's tropical islands and a cosseted stay in your own private villa.
In fact, the next time you kick back on your sunbed and stare at the night sky, you will probably be telling the kids to look out for a man in a red suit with a white beard who travels in a sleigh.
by LVH Marketing