Last September 16, 2016, the GHL family celebrated its annual Moon Cake Festival. We have done it the traditional way, the children made Chinese lanterns, ate moon cakes and played the exciting “dice game” as one big group. It was certainly a memorable experience for our dear pupils especially for those who have participated in this event for the first time.
A few things to know about the Mid-Autumn /Mooncake Festival……
China’s Mid-Autumn Festival is celebrated on month 8 day 15 of China’s lunar calendar (in September or October). To many Chinese, it is still the second most important festival after Chinese New Year.
What is Mid-Autumn Festival?
To the Chinese, Mid-Autumn Festival means family reunion and peace. The festival is celebrated when the moon is believed to be the biggest and fullest. To the Chinese, a full moon is a symbol of prosperity, happiness, and family reunion.
Mooncakes — the Must-Eat Mid-Autumn Treat
Mooncakes are traditional Chinese pastries eaten to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival. The festival typically involves much giving, receiving, and eating of mooncakes.
Chinese mooncakes are the traditional dessert/snack of Mid-Autumn Festival. They are round in shape, like the full harvest moon of Mid-Autumn’s evening. Up to 10 cm (4 inches) wide and 5 cm (2 inches) deep, most mooncakes consist of a pastry skin enveloping a sweet, dense filling.
Mooncakes are usually eaten in small wedges, and shared by family members, generally with Chinese tea.