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Today’s Focus: Cold Food Festival or Hanshi Festival
This traditional Chinese holiday that runs for three days. Also celebrated in Korea and Vietnam.
According to a legend, a Prince was forced into exile. His loyal minister, Jie, was with him. They ran out of food and were starving so Jie cut the flesh from his own leg and made leg soup to feed the prince in an extreme act of loyalty.
The hard times ended and the Prince rewarded everyone who was loyal to him, but forgot about Jie. Jie packed up and took his mother and left, disappearing into the wilderness.
The oversight was eventually brought to the King’s attention. Feeling ashamed, he went to try and find Jie, but could not. Someone suggested setting the wilderness on fire to smoke him out, so the King lights the fire.
When the fire dies down, Jie is found dead in the forest underneath a willow tree, with his mother on his back. Inside the tree is a letter penned in Jie’s own blood that said, “Giving meat and heart to my lord, hoping my lord will always be upright. An invisible ghost under a willow tree is better than a loyal minister beside my lord.”
In honor of Jie’s death, the King decreed that no fires could be lit on this day, and the festival was created.
Bonus: I saw Deadpool recently (and finally) and thoroughly enjoyed it. So far it has broken records for the highest grossing R rated movie of all time, and the highest grossing XMen movie of all time. I’m not going to bother reviewing other than to say, do not take kids to see it, and do not go to see it with your parents. Aside from that, it is great fun. It surprisingly invests more time establishing the (cheesy) character of Colossus than 90% of the characters making the screen in the four (soon to be five) other XMen movies. And if it interested you even remotely, you have probably already seen it by now.
Daily Trivia: Over 80,000 people have graduated from McDonald’s Hamburger University with a Bachelors Degree in Hamburgerology.