|Color of the day: Turquoise
Incense of the day: Chrysanthemum
The Chinese Moon Festival is celebrated all over China and by Chinese people worldwide this month of September. As it is a festival of lights, people gather firecrackers and glowing lanterns, and they serve special foods now. Moon cakes and special rice cakes shaped like moons are offered only at this time of the year. The origins of the Chinese Moon Festival can be traced to the fourteenth century, when Mongol rulers threatened to overtake China. The native Chinese fought back with a full rebellion. The time and date of attacks and troop movements were hidden in the rice cakes that were distributed among the loyal Chinese. In this way, they averted their would-be conquerers. Fortune cookies may have gotten their beginnings here as well!