Celebrate the Chinese Moon Festival on September 27

September 24, 2015
Chinese Moon cake with Lotus seed paste filling

Chinese Moon cake with Lotus seed paste filling

This custom originated during the Zhou Dynasty (1046 – 256 BC) when the royal class practiced it on the Autumnal Equinox but it was not a festival.

In the later prosperous times of the Sui (581 – 618 AD) dynasty, the common people enjoyed the custom of appreciating the moon on the moon sacrifice ceremony day.

A preference for celebrating nearest the full moon meant the two ideas merged into one fixed festival during the Tang dynasty (618 – 907 AD.

The mid-autumn custom had become a widely celebrated folk festival by 960 AD when the Northern Song Dynasty began their reign.

The moon cakes are made of thinly rolled pastry and filled with paste like lotus seed paste. Their round shape symbolizes the reunion of a family so distant relatives and friends are remembered. Moon cakes are given to relatives and friends to wish them a long and happy life.