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Originally named the Mid-Autumn Festival, the Moon festival is the celebration of the bountiful autumn harvest. It is celebrated by Asians across the world, especially by the Chinese communities.

In Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and Australia this festival is known as the Lantern festival. The festival falls on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month of the Chinese calendar. The important elements of this festival are moon gazing, family gatherings, lighting glow lanterns, and eating mooncakes.

Likewise in Australia, the Moon lantern festival is celebrated with great zest and fervour. People get together with family and friends, have a traditional dinner with moon cakes, light up the lanterns and gaze at the moon.

Moon cakes are very famous among the moon festival elements. Preparing mooncakes and relishing them are the most important tradition of the Moon festival. The mooncakes are Chinese delicacies that are either round in shape or square, signifying unity and completeness. In ancient times the moon cakes were made as an offering to the moon. Some bakers engraved motifs featuring the legend of the Goddess Chang’ E flying to the moon. She is believed to be the mythical moon goddess on the mooncakes. The top of the mooncakes have imprints of Chinese characters that symbolize harmony, longevity as well as imprints of a moon, flower, vines, woman on the moon or a rabbit as additional decorations.

Mooncakes come in a lot of varieties. Fillings include lotus seed paste, sweet bean paste, jujube paste and five kernel. The crust can be chewy, flaky or tender. The traditional mooncakes include Cantonese mooncakes, Ningbo mooncakes, Vietnamese mooncakes, Japanese mooncakes, and the most common flavors include salty, sweet, spicy and sweet-salty.

In recent times, mooncakes that are prepared are miniature and fat-free, in order to adapt to the health conscious lifestyle of people. Hence they are made of jelly, yogurt and fat-free ice cream. Deeply rooted in tradition and authenticity, mooncakes are no ordinary pastries and are an integral part of the Chinese heritage.

The Mid- Autumn festival is a joyous time for family and friends to come together. And this celebration is only complete with a lavish spread of authentic Asian food and some scrumptious moon cakes under the full moon sky. You may also like to read How to Make Mooncakes in 10 Simple Steps. Mooncakes - Moon Festival Element – Moon Cake

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Moon Festival Foods – The Mooncake

Originally named the Mid-Autumn Festival, the Moon festival is the celebration of the bountiful autumn harvest. It is celebrated by Asians across the world, especially by the Chinese communities.

In Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and Australia this festival is known as the Lantern festival. The festival falls on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month of the Chinese calendar. The important elements of this festival are moon gazing, family gatherings, lighting glow lanterns, and eating mooncakes.

Likewise in Australia, the Moon lantern festival is celebrated with great zest and fervour. People get together with family and friends, have a traditional dinner with moon cakes, light up the lanterns and gaze at the moon.

Moon cakes are very famous among the moon festival elements. Preparing mooncakes and relishing them are the most important tradition of the Moon festival. The mooncakes are Chinese delicacies that are either round in shape or square, signifying unity and completeness. In ancient times the moon cakes were made as an offering to the moon. Some bakers engraved motifs featuring the legend of the Goddess Chang’ E flying to the moon. She is believed to be the mythical moon goddess on the mooncakes. The top of the mooncakes have imprints of Chinese characters that symbolize harmony, longevity as well as imprints of a moon, flower, vines, woman on the moon or a rabbit as additional decorations.

Mooncakes come in a lot of varieties. Fillings include lotus seed paste, sweet bean paste, jujube paste and five kernel. The crust can be chewy, flaky or tender. The traditional mooncakes include Cantonese mooncakes, Ningbo mooncakes, Vietnamese mooncakes, Japanese mooncakes, and the most common flavors include salty, sweet, spicy and sweet-salty.

In recent times, mooncakes that are prepared are miniature and fat-free, in order to adapt to the health conscious lifestyle of people. Hence they are made of jelly, yogurt and fat-free ice cream. Deeply rooted in tradition and authenticity, mooncakes are no ordinary pastries and are an integral part of the Chinese heritage.

The Mid- Autumn festival is a joyous time for family and friends to come together. And this celebration is only complete with a lavish spread of authentic Asian food and some scrumptious moon cakes under the full moon sky.

You may also like to read How to Make Mooncakes in 10 Simple Steps.

Mooncakes - Moon Festival Element – Moon Cake

Image: Alpha used under the Creative Commons Licence

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