The Mid-Autumn Festival is also known by other names, such as:
- Moon Festival, because of the celebration’s association with the full moon on this night, as well as the traditions of moon worship and moon gazing.
- Mooncake Festival, because of the popular tradition of eating mooncakes on this occasion.
- Zhongqiu Festival
- Lantern Festival, a term sometimes used in Singapore and Malaysia, which is not to be confused with the Lantern Festival in China that occurs on the 15th day of the first month of the Chinese calendar.
- Reunion Festival, because in olden times, a woman in China would take the occasion to visit her parents before returning to celebrate with her husband and his parents.
- Children’s Festival, in Vietnam, because of the emphasis on the celebration of children.
Sourced and quoted from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mid-Autumn_Festival
I have not seen the big round moon last night as it was cold and wet but I sure have eaten many moon cakes. My favorite are those with lotus paste with single yolk and green tea with single yolk. I did not really like eating moon cakes when I was younger because they tasted overly sweet and made with very thick skin. Moon cakes these days taste so different with very smooth paste, fine thin skin and not so sweet. Great eaten with chinese tea and make meaningful treats for that special occasion in celebration of Moon cake festive (Lantern festival) or Zhongziu chieh.
Happy Lantern Festival everyone.
If you have never tried moon cake, be adventurous and sample a bite this festive season.
* A special writeup on mid autumn festival from http://www.chinatravel.com/focus/mid-autumn-festival