Monday, September 8, 2014

5 MUST HAVE FOOD to celebrate Mid Autumn Festival

Mid Autumn Festival is on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar, it is the second most important festival to the Chinese after the New Year.

1. Gathering, such as family and friends coming together, or harvesting crops
2. Thanksgiving, to give thanks for the harvest, or for harmonious unions
3. Praying (asking for conceptual or material satisfaction), such as for babies, a spouse, beauty, longevity, or for a good future

People eat mooncakes to express their love for their family and their hope for a happy life. It is associated with the autumn equinox when the moon is supposed to appear at its roundest. The roundness of the moon symbolises family unity and harmony. 

In Mandarin, pomelos are called 柚子 (you zi), a homophone for words that mean "prayer for a son." 
When we were young, we played with the skin of the pomelo by placing them on our head.
The moon goddess Chang'e will see them and respond to their prayers when she looks down from the moon

Chinese Tea
Mooncake is usually eaten in wedges and accompanied by Chinese Tea.

Piggy Biscuits (豬仔餅)
Chewy snacks sold in the store, that is packed in basket to symbolise piglets being bound for sale (bountiful) 

Eating Yam is believed to dispel to bad lack and bring good luck and wealth

Have a great evening celebrating the night with your family. 

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