Orchimédia wishes you a happy Moon festival!
If you frequent oriental markets, then you’ve surely noticed the arrival of attractively packaged moon cakes. This year, it is even possible to buy these traditional cakes at Costco. But what are moon cakes and for what occasion do we buy them?
Moon cakes are Chinese pastries that are eaten during the Moon festival (also known as the Mid-Autumn festival). These cakes come in many shapes and are available in a number of different flavours. They are decorated with embossed inscriptions and patterns and some of them come from a specific region of China.
The Moon festival is celebrated on the evening of the fifteenth day of the eighth month in the lunar calendar (which is always a night with a full moon). Throughout the year, this is the day when the moon is at its roundest and brightest. Families make the most of this occasion by reuniting to enjoy the time spent together and the view of the moon. The Moon festival is one of the two most important holidays in the Chinese calendar, the other being the new Chinese lunar year, or Chinese New Year; it is a legal holiday in many Asian countries.Image source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Moon_Cakes.jpg