[ 2006-10-03 09:26 ]
the 14th century (AD 1280-1368) in the Yuan Dynasty of Genghis Khan, mooncakes
helped bring about a revolution.
A Chinese rebel leader named Liu Fu Tong devised a plan to arouse the Chinese
people to rise up against the ruling Mongols, to end the oppressive Yuan
He obtained permission from the Mongolian leaders to
give gifts to friends as a symbolic gesture, to honor the longevity of the
Mongolian Emperor. These gifts were round mooncakes.
Liu's plan was to place a piece of paper with the date of the revolt inside
each mooncake, to inform his followers when to rise up. The coup date was the
fifteenth night of the eighth month.
When the people cut open the cakes and found the message, they set out on
that appointed day to overthrow the Mongols, thus ending the Yuan dynasty.
Today, far from exotic and heroic deeds, Chinese communities all over the
world make and eat mooncakes during the traditional Harvest Moon Festival to
honor this tradition.