Interesting Facts on Moon Cake Festival We Need to Know:
Moon Cake Festival or Mid-Autumn Festival is the second most-important festival in China, after the Spring Festival. You might already notice the arrival of this celebration since a month before the festival, mooncakes of various flavors are sold in supermarkets near your area of living. Usually, people buy mooncakes for their families, relatives and friends for the purpose of sending best wishes in regard of the celebration.
It is actually an East Asian harvest festival celebrated particularly by the Chinese and Vietnamese people. The festival is held on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar with full moon at night, corresponding to late September to early October of the Gregorian calendar with a full moon at night. Done with the details, let’s move on to the interesting facts about this Moon Cake Festival!
Moon Cake festival is no festival without its main guest, the moon cake itself. Usually eaten in small wedges accompanied by tea, it is made from a rich 2 to 3 mm thick filling of red bean or lotus seed paste. Moon cake is not merely a food as according to Chinese culture, its round shape that looks like a full moon symbolizes completeness and togetherness for the whole family. For those who might want to try these tempting delicacy, the fillings inside of the round pastries can either include nuts, red beans, lotus seed paste, egg yolk, fruits, vegetables, seafood or chocolate.
Other names for Moon Cake Festival
Moon Cake Festival is also known by other names because of its associations with the full moon, delicious moon cakes, lanterns, and family reunion such as Moon Festival, Harvest Moon Festival, Mid-Autumn Festival, Lantern Festival and also Reunion Festival. Therefore, do not get confused if your Chinese neighbors on the right call it Lantern Festival while the left named it Harvest Moon Festival, alright?
Prices can be expensive
The cost of a mooncake is normally quite low, which is around 1 USD for one mooncake. However, during the Mid-Autumn Festival, lavishly-flavored packs of those pastries are sold at a rather higher price than usual. You can find “high-end” goodies of moon cakes with prices up to 150 USD that are stuffed with luxury ingredients such as shark fin, abalone, and bird’s nest which then delicately packaged into sumptuous boxes decorated with gold or silver containing 6 pieces of mooncakes, usually by Chinese star-rated hotels to cater for businessmen.
Romantic festival = Moon Cake Festival
Did you know that Mid-Autumn Festival was once known as China’s “Valentine’s Day”? During ancient times, Harvest Moon Festival was regarded as another Chinese “Valentine’s Day”, alongside the Double Seventh Festival. Singles used to pay homage to “the old man in the moon” or the god who unites people in marriage and then prayed for his help finding true love in order to be able to get married soon.
There you have it! You have now knowledge top 3 interesting facts about the Mid Autumn Festival celebrated in several countries in this world. In order to experience the celebration yourself, you can always visit China on your holidays or vacations, but it is important to know what you can do at the location, along with the rules, and what to expect. Because only then you can make a checklist on places to visit and things to do to fully enjoy your visit in Kuala Lumpur. Once all that is said and done, don’t forget to get travel insurance, AXA Smart Traveller is offering travel insurance from the price of only RM 13/trip, visit https://products.policystreet.com/axa/smarttraveller/overview for more information NOW!