• (code: LE-37F)
  • Suggested retail price US$9.95
  • Size: 21.5" x 31" for 14-count antique blue Aida
  • Stitch Count: 297 x 419
  • A4 size color chart
  • Chart marked in distinctive symbols and clear instructions
  • Both DMC & Anchor color codes
  • Designed by Saifhon B.

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Chang Er Moon Goddess

No one can be sure of the origin of the Harvest Moon Festival (also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival). The origin was romanticized by the legendary story of Chang Er. The story goes that there was once a good man in China who became emperor due to his heroic deeds, after which he turned into a real tyrant. He wanted to live forever and so he sent his servants to find a medicine that would make him immortal. They found it in the form of an elixir. This man had a wife named Chang Er and they loved each other very much. However she hated his tyranny and knew she could not let him become immortal. So she stole the elixir. Unfortunately she was caught, and she drank it herself to prevent her husband from getting it. She floated up to the moon, where she is supposed to live to this day as a fairy having escaped from her pursuing husband. It is thought that we can see Chang Er on the moon when it is at its brightest in mid-autumn (i.e. the fifteenth day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar). The exact date in the Western calendar changes from year to year but it is in about September.

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