Saturday, September 5, 2009

Moon Cake Festival

The Moon Cake festival is held on the 15th day of the 8th month, of the Chinese Lunar Calendar. In the Western calendar, this festival normally falls between the 2nd week of September and the 2nd week of October.

The Mooncake Festival a.k.a. Lantern Festival a.k.a. Mid-Autumn Festival , call it what you will - is a celebration of unity. This festival is believed to have originated from the ancient ceremony of Sacrificing to the Moon Goddess for the year's end harvest. This is when families return to celebrate and give thanks for the year's bounty. Offerings of their harvest such as fruits (apples, pears, oranges, pomelos) were common. Other offerings cooked or baked included moon cakes, cooked taro, water chestnuts and of course the famous 'tong yuen' made from glutinous rice. 'Yuen' means 'round' which symbolize 'completeness' as in 'yuen man' of the cycle.. i.e., it means unity and harmony within the family.

For me, Mooncake festival is a time of dispute.. of war! hah!
Where I have to fight with Cumi for that last piece of sweet dessert.. gimme THAT you... i saw that first:P


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Lucky for us, our friends are so kind as to give us more than enough for TWO hungry 'ghosts'.. me and cumi la, that's who.

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The latest ones we tried from chef choi are delicious!

Rich, heavy, dense.. one is enough to fill me up for a couple of hours. No more fighting with Cumi this year.. fair share for everybody. Yay!


8 comments:

thenomadGourmand said...

u like the traditional ones better or the now-so-contemporary fusioned flavours??

J2Kfm said...

possibly age took its toll on me,
i'm not crazy for mooncakes any longer. though the wackier flavours nowadays are kinda tempting.

Selba said...

There was time where Chinese tradition was banned here in Indonesia until... maybe 10 years ago when it's unbanned. So, I'm "new" with all the Chinese tradition/festival :)

PureGlutton said...

Aihh...have not eaten any mooncake this year yet... not so crazy about them.

qwazymonkey said...

Hehe, I love my moon cakes too. Thank God McCutie isn't a fan. So he'll gladly buy em just for me pleasure. :)

lecoupletoy said...

i've only had one mooncake so far!! and its a vegetarian one from purple cane. hehe. yours looks delish!! we should have a lantern festival party hor? eat mooncake and drink chinese tea (and alcohol of course!!) :p

CUMI & CIKI said...

TNG:
i like the double yolk ( i wish there was triple!) and I like the cold chewy skin ones too..
i like em ALL

j2kfm:
how old r u la:P

selba:
serious? well, better get urself some mooncake then.. pronto!

pureglutton:
REALLY? hard to imagine anyone not liking em.. but must be like ME + durian = barf

hahaha

Qmunkey:
too bad cumi loves them too haha:P

Toycouple:
good idea.. when ar?

UnkaLeong said...

I'd imagine Cumi giving into you lar...Not without a good fight that is. Hahahah.