Moon Cake Festival

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I went to China Bank after my shift last Friday. After my transaction with the teller, she asked to go to another teller to draw dice in a crystal bowl. The lady wished me luck as I throw the dice. Well, I am not that lucky enough to win one of the major price. I got a bar of chocolate as a consolation price. Out of curiosity, I asked the lady what the occasion was and she told me that it is Chinese’s Mooncake Festival. Well, I hope I got a mooncake instead of the chocolate bar. :(

Nevertheless, I searched on the net, how Mooncake festival started. Quoting Wikipedia’s History of Mooncake festival;

The festival is intricately linked to the legends of Chang E, the mythical Moon Goddess of Immortality. According to “Li-Ji”, an ancient Chinese book recording customs and ceremonies, the Chinese Emperor should offer sacrifices to the sun in spring and the moon in autumn. The 15th day of the 8th lunar month is the day called “Mid-Autumn”. The night on the 15th of the 8th lunar month is also called “Night of the Moon”. Under the Song Dynasty (420), the day was officially declared for Mid-Autumn Festival.

Because of its central role in the Mid-Autumn festival, mooncakes remained popular even in recent years. For many, mooncakes form a central part of the Mid-Autumn festival experience such that it is now commonly known as ‘Mooncake Festival’.

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I have tasted a mooncake and I love it!

Happy mooncake festival!

Ciao! :)

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