What is Mid-Autumn Moon Cake Festival ?
Mid-Autumn Festival is a harvest festival to originated in China and dated back about 3000 years ago to celebrate and worship the moon. The festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar, which usually falls around late September or early October. The Mid-Autumn Festival is also known as Moon Cake Festival or Latern Festival in many Asia regions such as Hong-Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Philipines, and Thailand. In Vietnam, the festival is called Têt-Trung-Thu and highly celebrated by the Vietnamese. In Japan, it is called Tsukimi / Moon-Viewing Festival.
The traditional food of this festival is the mooncake, which has has round shape and contains sweet fillings with the primary ingredients of red beans or lotus seeds and yolks from salted duck eggs.
On this festival, parents allow children to stay up late and take them to high vantage points light lanterns and watch autumn moon rise while eating their moon cakes. Public parks are fill up with thousands of lanterns in all colours, sizes and shapes. There are lantern carnivals and lantern exhibitions in throughout the cities. During this time, people exchange moon cakes with friends and family as an expression of their best wishes.
This is beautiful and fun festival for travelers and should put the their travel calendar.
When Is Mid Autumn Festival / Mooncake Festival / Chinese Lantern Festival ?
The Mid-Autumn Mooncake Festival 2012 falls on Sunday, 30 September 2012.