Legend has it that, one year in ancient China, there were 10 suns, scorching the earth, drying the sea, and driving the masses to an unlivable condition.
Having heard of this, a man named Houyi ascended to the top of Mount Kunlun. With full strength, he drew the holy bow and arrow, and shot down 9 of the suns. This magnificent achievement won the hero respect and love of the public. In turn, many people of lofty ideals came to learn from him. Among them, however, was Pengmeng, an artful and designing man.
Before long, the hero married Chang’e, a beautiful and kind-hearted woman. Apart from teaching and hunting, Houyi almost spent the whole day with his wife. And people all admired the perfect couple.
One day, malingering, Pengmeng stayed at his room while the others, led by Houyi, went out for hunting. A while after they departed, he broke into the backyard with a sword in his hand, threatening Chang’e to hand over the elixir. Aware of the fact that she was no equal to Pengmeng, she took an immediate decision by turning around, opening the box and gulping the elixir.
No sooner had she took in the pill than she floated and drifted, out of the window and up to the sky. Due to her care for Houyi, she flew to the moon and became an immortal.
By sundown, when the hero returned home, maids cried to him over the confrontation in the daytime. Shocked and furious, Houyi was about to kill Pengmeng when he found out that the thug had long took his flight. Having no one to hold accountable, the hero beat his breast and stamped his feet, wailing for his wife.
Heart-stricken, Houyi looked up into the night sky, calling the name of his beloved wife. By then, he noticed that the moon was exceptionally bright and clear with a dangling shadow resembling Chang’e.
At this, he hurried to demand that a table with an incense burner be placed in the garden on which there must be her favourite honey snacks and fresh fruits, to commemorate her.
Having known Chang’e becoming an immortal, the masses, one after another, set up tables with incense burners, seeking auspice and peace. Since then, the custom has spread among people of worshipping the moon on the Middle-autumn Festival.