A Brief History of Mooncakes
For those who don’t celebrate Mid Autumn Festival, you’d probably know mooncakes as the tasty cake the nice neighbour Aunty gives your family during the ‘mooncake festival’.
Mooncakes and the festival behind it are actually steeped in history and tradition that’s really very interesting. Here are some facts for you to impress your peers (and that same Aunty) if the conversation steers toward the upcoming festivities.
If Tinder doesn’t work, have you tried the moon?
The Mid-Autumn Festival is always celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th month of the Chinese lunar calendar a.k.a. ‘Full Moon Day’. In Chinese folklore, the roundness of the full moon symbolizes ‘togetherness’, influenced by the love story of local legend Hou Yi and his beautiful wife Chang Er. As the legend goes, Chang Er rose to the moon at her untimely death, and became a Goddess of Love to which the locals would worship to find their true love.