The Mid-Autumn Festival, better known as Moon Festival or Moon Cake Festival is a special cultural festival celebrated by many East and Southeast Asian countries. The word “moon” in its Chinese meaning means “compass.” The festival is one of the most important national holidays in China, highly celebrated with great gusto by millions of its citizens. This spectacular festival is one of the biggest gatherings of people in the country for three days.
When the Chinese lunar calendar is believed to be aligned with the sun, the festival is usually celebrated on the new moon night. The mooncakes are beautifully decorated and normally consist of moon cakes in the shape of lanterns. Some moon cakes are so exquisitely decorated that they may be eaten as food. They have become the national delicacy in China. Many hotels and other establishments around the country serve moon cakes during this special occasion.
Traditionally, moon cakes were laden with all kinds of moon cake goodies. They often had fruits, nuts, and flowers on top of the mooncakes, or even incorporated other ingredients such as jello. They were primarily served to mark the New Year and were then eaten by children as a symbol of good luck and prosperity. However, they are also now used as an important part of the Chinese lunar new year celebration.
The moon cakes during the mid-autumn festival are usually very rich in moon cakes decorations, usually including colorful streamers and ribbons, large jars of fruits and vegetables, and starry …READ MORE