"Moon cakes for the Mid-Autumn Festival" Festivals Tip by ntm2322
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The Mid-Autumn Festival was originally a harvest festival and on this day people used to eat all kinds of fruits and round moon cakes. Nowadays the tradition is still well alive. People gather together with family members and friends (this year of 2007 it was in September 25th) at dinner time and then later go out and watch the moon, eat fruits and moon cakes.
Special foods eaten in the Mid-Autumn Festival include:
- Moon cakes
- Cooked taro
- Edible snails from the taro patches
- Water caltrop (a type of water chestnut resembling black buffalo horns)
- Rice paddies cooked with sweet basil and
- Fruits (apples, oranges, pears, peaches, grapes, pomegranates, melons, pomelos, etc.)
There are several versions about the Mid-Autumn Festival and the origins of the moon cakes; you may read them in the link I provide down here.
The traditional moon cakes are made with sweet fillings of
- Nuts (wu3 ren2)
- Mashed red beans (dou4 sha1)
- Lotus-seed paste (lian2 rong2) or
- Chinese dates (zao3 ni2)
- with or without a cooked egg yolk inserted in the middle.
Nowadays, there are all varieties of moon cakes, some of them made with the most exotic fruits like durian or if you like tea you might buy green tea moon cakes. They now also target different kinds of people, like vegetarians, health-conscious folks (like me), diabetes, etc. and now they come for the “big sale” about one month before the festival starts.
Besides buying moon cakes to eat in the Mid-Autumn Festival, people also buy them to offer as presents to friends, family members, clients, etc.
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