Some information about the Mid-Autumn festival, so you could have a better understanding how it is celebrated. ^-^
This festival can be summed into four main activities:
- admiring the full moon
- giving and receiving mooncakes
- getting together with loved ones
- taking a vacation
The holiday falls on the fifteenth day of the eighth month of the traditional Chinese lunar calendar, when there’s a big, bright full moon. So this year, it is on the 27th of September.
In the past, people would gather together to celebrate the harvest or to make offerings to the moon, but these days, most people just gather together with friends and family to enjoy the view of the moon together.
The moon being full and round is not only something to be admired, but also a symbol of unity and completeness.
This time of the year, the whole country goes mooncake crazy!
Since they are round like the full moon, these traditional Chinese pastries are also a symbol of unity, and are eaten together with family and friends.
I was able to try two different flavoured mooncakes! And I have to say that they were delicious! They aren’t the most traditional ones, but they are still considered mooncakes… ok? =D
This is the first one that I tried.
It is very soft, and the filling is a plum marmalade. 很好吃！
This is the second one.
This one is with brown sugar. It’s not as good as the first one, but it’s still delicious.
Mid-Autumn Festival is a holiday that is best spent in the company of family.
A legend that’s told this time of year is about the story of a champion archer named Hou Yi and his wife, Chang E. There are several different versions of the story, but the main point in them all is that Chang E took an elixir that caused her to become an immortal living on the moon, forever separated from Hou Yi. He began offering her food and praying for her well-being during the Mid-Autumn full moon, and soon the tradition caught on.
Now Chang E, the goddess in the sky, while she’ll never be reunited with her husband, receives offerings each year from those below who are fortunate enough to be with their loved ones.
The atmosphere is great on this holiday, there are people in the parks, just laying on the grass, admiring the night sky and the moon. Lots of positive energy! ^-^