meaning behind Chinese Moon Festival?
Is about the Chinese legend about a story when the ten sun all rise together in the day(according to Chinese legend) and all the crop’s and animal the people breed died of hotness.A young Chinese man, name Hou Yi came and shot the sun with his arrow.All the nine sun died and one was left alive because the sun made an agreement, if Hou Yi spare him,he will rise and set as usual.The people then cheer Hou Yi and make him the king of China.
After becoming King,he became very arrogance and all his people suffer.Hou Yi even decide to take 2 pill of longevity to live forever.His wife,Chang Ee,afraid that the people will suffer forever,ate both the pill and became very light she eventually float until she reach the moon.
There,she lived a very lonely life.The Chinese made it a legend so that they can remember the good decision that Chang Ee made.The Chinese Cheer’s and eat moon cake in this day,the children play lantern.The moon cake was another story,it start when a young man at the end of the Yuan Dynasty,named Zhu Yuan Zhang who rise against the Mongolian ruler that were cruel to the people of China.He send messages to his army to in a cake during the moon cake festival.With his messages,his army launch a revolt and eventually end the Yuan Dynasty.Zhu Yuan Zhang eventually become the king of China and started the Ming Dynasty.To remember his wisdom,the people of China make and eat moon cake during the moon cake festival.
How many Kinds of Traditional Chinese Moon cake?
Cantonese-Style Moon Cake, This is most popular style so far in China, Origin from Guangzhou Area, It features a thin, filling large, usually skin filling ratio of 2: 8
Beijing-Style Moon Cake, Origin from Beijing and Tian Jin Area, Its main characteristic is sweetness and leather stuffing than moderate, generally skin filling ratio of 4: 6
Shanghai-Style Moon Cake, Origin from Great ShangHai area, Its main feature is the crust loose fillings have five kernels, hummus, etc., sweetness than other categories moon cake
Yunnan-Style Moon Cake, Origin From YunNan Province, Its main feature is the use of Yunnan ham fillings, loose crust, filling sweet and salty taste, a unique Yunnan ham flavor
Taiwan-Style Moon Cake
Hong Kong-Style Moon Cake
How to Make It?
Mid-Autumn Festival（Chinese Moon Festival）
The Mid-Autumn Festival is an official harvest festival celebrated by Chinese and Vietnamese peoples. The festival is held on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar and Vietnamese calendar, during a full moon, which is in September or early October in the Gregorian calendar, within 15 days to the autumnal equinox.
The Government of the People’s Republic of China listed the festival as an “intangible cultural heritage” in 2006 and a public holiday in 2008. It is also a public holiday on Taiwan. Among the Vietnamese, it is considered the second-most important holiday tradition. The Chinese Moon Festival is on the 15th of the 8th lunar month. It’s also known as the Mid-autumn Festival. Chinese culture is deeply imbedded in traditional festivals. Just like Christmas and Thanksgiving in the West, the Moon Festival is one of the most important traditional events for the Chinese.
The Moon Festival is full of legendary stories. Legend says that Chang Er flew to the moon, where she has lived ever since. You might see her dancing on the moon during the Moon Festival. The Moon Festival is also an occasion for family reunions. When the full moon rises, families get together to watch the full moon, eat moon cakes, and sing moon poems. With the full moon, the legend, the family and the poems, you can’t help thinking that this is really a perfect world. That is why the Chinese are so fond of the Moon Festival.
The Moon Festival is also a romantic one. A perfect night for the festival is if it is a quiet night without a silk of cloud and with a little mild breeze from the sea. Lovers spend such a romantic night together tasting the delicious moon cake with some wine while watching the full moon. Even for a couple who can’t be together, they can still enjoy the night by watching the moon at the same time so it seems that they are together at that hour. A great number of poetry has been devoted to this romantic festival. Hope the Moon Festival will bring you happiness.
The moon cake is the food for the Moon Festival. The Chinese eat the moon cake at night with the full moon in the sky.
Meanings of the festival
The festival celebrates three fundamental concepts which are closely tied to one another:
Gathering, such as family and friends coming together, or harvesting crops
Thanksgiving, to give thanks for the harvest, or for harmonious unions
Praying (asking for conceptual or material satisfaction), such as for babies, a spouse, beauty, longevity, or for a good future Traditions and myths surrounding the festival are formed around these three concepts, although traditions have changed over time due to changes in technology, science, economy, culture, and religion.