Dear ACE Students,
I’ve learned something new from Kimura sensei’s student at Tomiyama Kominkan about Harvest Moon.
In my research, it is called the Harvest Moon because the Moon is particularly bright and rises early.
In the past, this allowed farmers to extend their working day and work by the light of the extra-bright moon,
gathering crops to prepare for the winter months. It was thought that the viewer could express gratitude
for this year’s harvest and hope for the year to come.
The moon can be viewed in many ways. In some countries, people see a man in the moon,
whereas in others, they see handprints, or a tree. But in Japan, many people
think of a rabbit when looking at the moon.
Throughout Asia has long held the rabbit as a symbol of rebirth that is commonly taken to represent the moon.
Following the lunar calendar, the yearly Mid-Autumn festival brings about the stories of the Moon Goddess
and her steadfast companion, the noble Moon Rabbit.
Though, in the Philippines has no such Moon viewing festival, but every May 15,
the country's grandest harvest festival – the Pahiyas Festival – is celebrated.
A festival of thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest, Filipinos decorate their houses with fruits,
vegetables and flowers, transforming the town into a visual display in Lucban Quezon City.
The word ‘pahiyas’ came from the word ‘payas’, which means decoration or to decorate.
The reason behind such practice dates back to the 15th century, when farmers used to offer their harvests
at the foot of Mount Banahaw. One of the famous ones that farmers harvest is sweet potato.
Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of beta carotene, vitamin C, and potassium, Manganese,
Vitamin B6, Vitamin B5, Vitamin E. Let’s all enjoy eating healthy and nutritious meals.