Happy Mid-Autumn Festival! (zhōng qiū jié 中秋节!)

Mid-Autumn festival is quite a big celebration in China – Monday is a public holiday 😀

My students couldn’t wait to get on the bus, the train or the airplane to head home for a family reunion on Mid-Autumn Day or zhōng qiū jié (中秋节).

According to them, they would have a big dinner with their immediate and extended family members, eat moon cakes or yuè bǐng (月饼) and perhaps appreciate the full moon when it appears.

Sounds like a simple celebration, right? It’s a community event.

But the students sound really excited when they describe it because they miss their parents dearly and can’t wait to rush home! I thought it’s really sweet.

Wing Wah mooncakes from Hong Kong

Mooncakes are a big thing among the Cantonese-speaking community from Hong Kong.
If you have ever eaten a mooncake with lotus seed paste, then you have eaten a traditional Cantonese mooncake 🙂
Wing Wah Flow Heart White Lotus Seed Paste Mooncake

香港榮華蓮蓉月餅 Hongkong Wing Wah White Lotus Seed Paste Mooncake 4pcs (蛋黃白蓮蓉 /1 Yolk White Lotus seeds)

Maxim mooncakes from Hong Kong

Mei-xin Moon Cake White Loctus Seed Paste Mooncake with 2 Egg Yolk (4 Ps)

美心純白蓮蓉月餅 Mei-xin Lotus Seed Paste Mooncakes 4pcs (4 x 185g/6.5 oz)

This year, I decided to introduce moon cakes to the kids. After all, they are Chinese and it’s good for them to appreciate some Chinese culture.
Shopping around the supermarket, I found some Disney moon cakes:

Many of the younger generation do not appreciate traditional cultures like eating boring, round moon cakes so I guess having the moon cakes with imprints of their favorite cartoon characters may increase the appeal?
I bought some simple moon cakes but the maid tells me that the kids didn’t like them.
I can’t quite recall the flavors I’ve got – I had trouble understanding what the salesperson told me 😛
For me, I wouldn’t mind having some durian mooncake!
Kam Wah Durian Mooncake 1 yolk (Pack of 2)

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!

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  • Happy mid autumn festival to you! I’m looking forward to knocking off early and going home to play lanterns with the kiddos (#1 and #2 devour mooncakes like nobody’s business). #3 spits it out lol

  • Kit Link

    Paik Ling – Strangely, lanterns are not played here during the Mid-Autumn festival. They’re popular during the Chinese New Year though!