Mid Autumn Festival celebration is very important in China. It takes place on 15th of the lunar calendar’s eight month, on the full moon day. Traditionally, the festival revolved around moon worship, resulting in the day’s popular name “Full Moon festival”. The Mid Autumn Festival celebration has The Mooncake as symbol.
• Chinese: Mooncakes (月饼 yuèbǐng)
The mooncake remains an inextricable part of Mid Autumn Festival and symbolize happy reunions. Each region in China has different ways to prepare the mooncakes. The fillings depends as well on the local eating cultrue and traditions. The most famous mooncakes around the world are the Cantonese ones. They are filled with egg yolk and lotus seed paste.
“MAY WE LIVE LONG AND SHARE THE BEAUTY OF THE MOON TOGETHER, EVEN IF WE ARE HUNDREDS OF MILES APART” A THOUGHT FOR OUR STUDENTS AROUND THE WORLD!
MOONCAKE SYMBOLIZES FAMILY REUNION
In Chinese culture, roundness symbolizes completeness and togetherness. A full moon symbolizes prosperity and reunion for the whole family. Round mooncakes complement the harvest moon in the night sky at the Mid-Autumn Festival.
The mooncake is a profound cultural tradition deep in Chinese people’s hearts. It is a spiritual feeling.
There are about 10 top flavors of Mooncakes:
- Five kernels and roast pork (五仁叉烧 wuren chashao) : the most traditional classic
- Red bean paste (红豆沙 hongdousha)
- Lotus seed paste (莲蓉 lianrong) : Cantonese origin
- Snow skin (雪皮 xuepi) : non baked and originated in Hong Kong
- Vegetable and fruit (果蔬 guoshu)
- Chocolate (巧克力 qiaokeli): the most romantic
- Green Tea (绿茶 lvcha)
- Ice cream (冰淇淋 bingqilin) : popular with young generation
- Cream cheese (奶油皮 naiyoupi)
- Seafood (海味 haiwei) : the most expensive and are filled with abalone and seaweed.
People often give mooncakes as gifts when visiting friends and family around Mid-Autumn. Enjoy your Mooncake and Celebrate together with the loved ones!
Happy “Zhong Chiu Jie”or Mid Autumn Festival!