Friday, 18 September 2009

Mid-Autumn Festival / Moon Cake Festival

Mid-Autumn Festival or also commonly known as Moon Cake Festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the eight month on the Chinese Lunar Calendar. Why it is called Moon Cake Festival, there seems to be many myths/stories behind.

One such story was in the 14th century when China was in revolt against the Mongols. The Chinese troops secretly hid messages in the moon cakes advising the coordination on an uprising. These moon cakes were distributed to the people during the mid-autumn festival. They overthrew the Mongols and the moon cakes became even more famous.

In current times, family gatherings are common and celebrated with moon cakes and lanterns. As a child, my siblings and I would each have our own lanterns on almost every Mid-Autumn Festival and also sparklers. Shapes most commonly found are butterflies, fishes, rabbits, rockets, planes and so forth. Now that we are into our very adult years, we often reminisce about how our lanterns caught fire and turned into mini infernos - sometimes accidentally and well, sometimes not that accidental!

Packaging of the moon cakes can come in traditional square paper boxes or metal boxes to elaborate and ornate packaging making it very delectable gifts.

1 comment:

  1. I never knew the story behind Moon Cakes! I only knew we were supposed to gather up the family and eat these yummy sweet goodies. Thanks for the info!