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9-08-2011 @ 8:28AM
The big question is why are Harvest Festival and Pilgrim's Bounty different things?
9-08-2011 @ 8:50AM
Harvest Festival parallels Chuseok which is a Korean harvest festival. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ChuseokPilgrim's Bounty is based on American Thanksgiving.
9-08-2011 @ 8:55AM
The Harvest Festival is largely based on the Eastern/Asian tradition of the Mid-Autumn Festival-- I'd say it is largely a Chinese thing, mostly because that's my experience with it, having grown up celebrating the holiday; but I don't want to mistakenly exclude anyone. In the United States, it's better known as the Moon Festival or the Mooncake Festival.The main story goes like this: Around the time of mid-autumn, harvest is in full swing and, if things are good, there's a lot of crops to harvest. But sometimes, there isn't enough daylight to finish the job. Luckily, the full moon around this time happens to be really big and really bright-- so bright, in fact, that farmers are able to work through the night if they need to, just using the light of the moon.Over time, non-agrarian families now have the tradition of getting together for a large meal, honoring their ancestors by visiting their graves and leaving food, and eating delicious mooncake while observing the moon and having a general grand ol' time. (Mooncakes have their own legend associated with the festival, btw, in addition to many other legends and myths.)You may be asking, "What, mid-autumn?? How is it even mid-autumn yet when the autumnal equinox hasn't even gone by?" The Chinese (like many Asian cultures) follow the lunar calendar. To them, it's Mid-Autumn. If you've been playing WoW for a while, you probably notice that of all the world holidays celebrated in the game, only two of them tend to move around on the calendar without a fixed date: this one and the Lunar Festival (which is based on Lunar New Year). Pilgrim's Bounty is based on the US holiday of Thanksgiving... paying homage to the Puritan pilgrims who came to the continental US on the Mayflower, plus all of the turkey references.
9-08-2011 @ 9:01AM
Oh, this year's Mid-Autumn Festival takes place over this weekend from the 10th to the 12th. Anyone in or near San Francisco-- Good luck. Traffic's gonna be a nightmare, but it's going to be a lot of fun! Now I'm homesick.And, see, Rhamona proves it's an Eastern/Asian thing as a whole! :D
9-08-2011 @ 9:37AM
I did not know about Chuseok which sounds exactly like what it is in WoW.Coincidentally, this coincides with what people have always referred to as the Harvest Moon - the full moon closest to the autumn equinox.Hmm, funny how traditions pop up about this moon, but not the Hunter's Moon, which is the next full moon after the Harvest Moon.
9-08-2011 @ 9:48AM
Its also a festival (kind of) celebrated in the UK and some parts of Europe. Its to celebrate the bringing in of the harvest, and here in the UK it involves donating food to elderly and needy people. I think its based on an older pagan festival around the same time of year.
9-08-2011 @ 11:06AM
I have several Asian friends and have heard about these moon cakes. I was told to try them early and often. I thought that they only had them around Jan/Feb though for their new year. I will look into this...
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