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
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!