Mooncake, the special food of Mid-Autumn Festival

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The Chinese event which is always celebrated in the middle of the autumn season is called the Mid-Autumn Festival or famously known as the Mooncake Festival. It is considered as the second grandest affair after the Spring Festival in China. It falls on the 15th day of the 8th month based on the Chinese Lunar Calendar. Because it is the time of the year where the moon is at its brightest and roundest form, mooncake is serve as an offering and special food to eat outdoors during the celebration.

 

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Mooncake nowadays comes in various flavors packed with red or black bean paste, or lotus seed paste, and often there is a round egg yolk in the center to represent the moon. It is presented as a gift to relatives and friends, before, during and even after the celebration itself to wish them a happy and long life. The round mooncake symbolizes harmony and unity among families and friends and traditionally eaten under the round moon. There are also customs of performing dragon and lion dances, burn incense and playing lanterns in most Chinatowns worldwide that enlivens the celebration while at the same time preserving the Chinese customs and heritage.

 

This year 2014, the Mid-Autumn Festival took place on September 8 and merrily observed in many Asian countries including the Chinatown in Binondo Manila, Philippines, Hongkong, China, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam.

 

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