Saturday, 21 September 2013

Happy Mooncake Festival

Katerina with the tikoys

This year 2013,  the mid-autumn festival falls on September 19th. The holiday lasts from September 19 to 21. Falling on the 15th day of the 8th month according to the Chinese lunar calendar, the mid-autumn Festival is the second grandest festival in China and worldwide. It takes its name from the fact that it is always celebrated in the middle of the autumn season. The day is also known as the Moon Festival, as at that time of the year the moon is at its roundest and brightest.

There are so many moon cakess (tikoys) in Ming Moon Chinese Restaurant in Birmingham City centre, my favourite Chinese buffet restaurant with wide arrays of Chinese foods for a cheap price.

People in mainland China enjoy one day off on the festival which is usually connected with the weekend. In Hong Kong and Macau, people also enjoy one day off. However, it is not scheduled on the festival day, but the following day and it is usually not connected with the weekend. In Taiwan, the one day holiday falls on the festival day. 

The Moon Cake (tikoy as formally known to Filipinos) is the special food of Mid-Autumn Festival. On that day, people sacrifice moon cakes to the moon as an offering and eat them for celebration. Moon cakes come in various flavors according to the region. In the Philippines, there are varieties of flavours now on sale like ube, monggo, peanut, etc. The moon cakes are round, symbolizing the reunion of a family, so it is easy to understand how the eating of moon cakes under the round moon can evoke longing for distant relatives and friends. Nowadays, people present moon cakes to relatives and friends to demonstrate that they wish them a long and happy life.
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