On September 13 2019 people all over China will be celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival!
What does it mean?
For us in the West, it is another day, for Chinese and some neighboring countries, it is a very important tradition which carries a strong connection to the full moon (that is why it is called the Moon Festival in honor of the moon).
The Mid-Autumn Festival is held on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar.
This Festival which is a national bank holiday in all provinces in China, features the amazing idea of seeing the same moon phase on or around the same date. At this day, all family members gather together to pray and have a dinner.Afterwards, children carry lanterns and stroll in parks or gardens or release them into the sky.
China’s Mid-Autumn Festival
Mooncakes During Mid-Autumn Festival
Mid-Autumn Festival is often called the Mooncake Festival for a traditional baked delicacy exchanged among family and friends.
Mooncakes typically have round shape which symbolize unity and completeness. They come with difference sizes from very tiny to very massive ones (from 10 to 20 cm in diameter and 4-6 cm thick).
During the Mid-Autumn Festival, the head of the family cuts the mooncakes into pieces and distributes them to each family member, signifying family reunion.
Mooncakes are usually kept in traditional Chinese boxes so that they can look beautiful as a gift.
Every mooncake has a very rich thick filling usually made from lotus seed paste and red bean. It has a thin crust and might contain salted duck eggs and yolks. The filling can be also made of sugar, jujube paste, ham, fruit or cream.
They are usually eaten in small wedges accompanied by traditional Chinese tea.
Our Mooncake Experience
Each year we spent in China, we have been given about 20 different mooncakes from parents and teachers from our kindergarten, Chinese friends and neighbors. They would probably last till the next Mid-Autumn Festival.
We both enjoy mooncakes a lot, but you can’t have too much of them as they are way too sweet and they make you feel sick if you eat too much of them at one go. They are very heavy for the cakes and its thick consistency makes you wanna drink a lot of water.
Each mooncake is approximately 1.000 kcal and a typical mooncake costs between RMB 10 ($1.60) and RMB 50 ($8).
Have you ever eaten a traditional Chinese mooncake? If so, how did you like it?