Mid-Autumn Festival

 (Also commonly known as the Mooncake Festival)

The annual celebration falls on the 15th day of the eight month in the Chinese’s lunar calendar. In 2013, the Mid-Autumn festival is dated on the 19th of September, which is tomorrow! Apart from the Chinese New Year (which is normally in January or February), the Mid-Autumn festival is considered to be one of the largest or major festival celebrated by the Chinese, Taiwanese and Vietnamese (the festival is known locally as “Tet-Trung-Thu”).

However, there’s also an observable inclination of people who have started to join in too. Have you ever tried a mooncake before? Below’s some info to the mooncake’s evolution that I’ve witnessed over the years.

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From the traditional round-shaped mooncake, this local delicacy has totally transformed into some sort of an evolution. You certainly won’t be disappointed with the huge variety of the mooncake’s shapes, colors, fillings as well as decoration. The local delicacy started off in the traditional round-shaped mooncake which is similar to the moon.  Hence, being referred to as the ‘Mooncake Festival’.

 

It was later squared up but still served in the same fillings such as lotus paste, sesame, dried fruits and etc.

After some time, there’s noticeable and successful transformation of the mooncakes into different shapes as well as colors. However, the choices of fillings remained unchanged.

Due to the overwhelming feedback and response, it’s taken a step higher with new introductions of shapes, colors, patterns as well as fillings.

Even the major brands or well-known retailers are joining in the celebration with their own version of mooncakes (i.e. chocolate fillings, ice-cream, jelly and much more).

May I take this opportunity to wish you all a happy Mid-Autumn or Mooncake Festival!