Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!

Today marks the Mid-Autumn Festival for ethnic Chinese and Vietnamese all over the world! It is also known as Mooncake Festival or Moon Festival and traditionally falls on the 15th day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar; on the eve of a full moon. The festival celebrates the end of the harvest season, which when you think about it, is pretty much in line with Oktoberfest and Thanksgiving.

Mooncakes are central to the Mid-Autumn festivities. (Image source: www.allgreatimages.com)

Mooncakes are central to the Mid-Autumn festivities. (Image source: www.allgreatimages.com)

In terms of feasts, instead of drinking beer or eating turkey, we delight in sharing small round mooncakes. The round shape symbolizes completeness and unity and by sharing it with family during the week, shows completeness and unity within the family. There are many flavours and varieties of mooncakes on offer and you will find that most have an egg yolk at the centre, which is a symbol of the moon. Be sure to share the cakes as they are generally very rich, densely-filled and sweet; kind of what you want life to be like :-)