Moon Festival: Different Countries,different names,
different ways, yet the same spirit!

Chinese Moon Festival

The Chinese Moon Festival legend can be traced back thousands of years to a time when farmers celebrated the mid-Autumn rice harvest and recognised the moon’s role in the change of seasons. Over the years, special dishes were created to represent the moon, such as the iconic mooncakes.

Thai Moon Festival

In Thailand, the Moon Festival is not an extravagant affair – instead, it is a time for families to gather together, to pray, exchange greetings and worship to the moon.

Japanese Moon Festival

The Japanese Moon Festival, or Otsukimi, is a time for introspection and gazing at the moon, a practice known as tsukimi. Again, rice-based dishes are a signature here, with tsukimi dango (rice-flour dumplings) enjoyed by one and all.

Malaysian Moon Festival

Likewise, Malaysia’s Moon Festival pays homage to the Chinese traditions, with dragon dances, lanterns and moon gazing. Also known as the Tanglung (Lantern) Festival, the Malaysia Moon Festival is marked with a family feast, followed by mooncakes.

Korean Moon Festival

In Korea, the Moon Festival, called Chuseok, is a time to pay respect to one’s ancestors, typically with a banquet. Families reunite during this time and mark the occasion with rice-based dishes, such as songpyeon (sweet mooncakes made with red beans, chestnut, rice and pine), hangwa (confectionery) and sikhye (a traditional sweet Korean rice drink).

Vietnamese Moon Festival

The Mid-Autumn celebrations in Vietnam, called Tet Trung Thu, are strikingly similar to the Chinese festivities. Also known as the Children’s Festival, the Moon Festival in Vietnam includes lantern making, mooncakes and family get-togethers.

Australian Moon Festival

The Moon Festival is popular in Australia especially in places like Melbourne, Cabramatta, and Adelaide. Here you can see different cultural groups celebrating the festival together. Have a read and see what Asian Inspirations is up to in Australia this Moon Festival!

What not to miss during the Moon Festival?

The Traditional Mooncakes, of course!

Mooncakes 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 Mooncakes were made as an offering to the moon.

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.

The traditional mooncakes include Cantonese mooncakes, Ningbo mooncakes, Vietnamese mooncakes, Japanese mooncakes, and the most common flavors include salty, sweet, spicy and sweet-salty.

The evolution of Mooncakes

In recent times, mooncakes that are prepared are miniature and colourful. For those of us who have a serious sweet tooth, we need to push the boat out during the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival by trying some of the new breed of modern mooncakes.

The new wave of modern mooncakes include ice-cream mooncakes, chocolate mooncakes, jelly mooncakes, snow skin mooncakes, cheesecake mooncakes and lava custard mooncakes!

Deeply rooted in tradition and authenticity, mooncakes are no ordinary pastries and are an integral part of the Chinese heritage.

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