September is just around the corner and hence also the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival which will be celebrated on 8 September this year. As most highlights in the Chinese calendar, the Mid-Autumn Festival dates back hundreds of years. The festival, also called Mooncake Festival (more on that later), is a day of giving thanks for the harvest, of gathering and of praying for fertility and longevity. Moon worship plays an important part in this celebration as in old Chinese tradition the moon is linked to rejuvenation and immortality.
Making and sharing mooncakes on this auspicious day is an old tradition. Usually, the head of a family would cut the cake into pieces and distribute them to the other members of the family as a symbol of unity. While this custom is very much alive, most members of the Chinese community buy their mooncakes nowadays rather than making them at home. A traditional mooncake would e.g. have a filling of sweet lotus paste and an egg yolk. But today a great variety of flavours and fillings are available.
When you are in KL around this time of the year, don’t miss out on the opportunity of tasting a few different mooncakes. They are a true delight that – in order to be fully enjoyed – requires you to forget for a moment about calories and other earthly concerns:-)