Thursday, September 19, 2013

Happy Mid-autumn Festival 2013

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Today is Mid-Autumn Festival, one of the major festivals celebrated by the Chinese community in the year. Here in Malaysia, this festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the Eighth Lunar month is commonly-known as Mooncake Festival or Lantern Festival as mooncakes and lanterns are the main items associated with this festival. More about the origin of Mid-Autumn Festival can be found on Wikipedia.

Mooncakes are synonymous with this Mid-Autumn Festival and they are getting more and more varied and packaging more attractive from year-to-year.

Mooncakes, the traditional pastry eaten during the Mid-Autumn Festival is normally filled with salted duck egg yolk and lotus seed paste. The egg yolk inside symbolizes the moon and each piece can contain up to 1,000 calories.

Take a look at some luxury mooncakes available this year in China and Hongkong as featured on Chinadaily.com.

Chocolate mooncakes from Four Seasons Beijing

Mooncakes from HK KLN Shangrila Chaozhou

Mooncakes from HK Kowloon Shangrila

Mooncakes from BJ Sofitel

Molds, usually wooden, are used to make the mooncakes. You can see the different types of molds at a folk culture museum in Hefei, capital of east China's Anhui province.

Presenting mooncakes to relatives and business associates is an integral part of the Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations, but a new law in China this year has put a dampener on the spirit of mooncake giving -- at least among government officials. The Chinese government has announced that officials will no longer be able to use public money to send mooncakes as gifts during the festival. (CNN)

As for lanterns, children will be happiest to be playing with the latest designs this year. Lanterns in the shape of minions of Despicable Me 2 fame are popular choices this year.  Last year, lanterns in the shape of Angry Birds were hot favourites.

Image source:  thestar.com

If you are in Kuala Lumpur, you may want to visit the Central Market to view the giant lanterns on display in conjunction with the Mid-Autumn Festival. Daily activities lined up include lantern-making workshops from 7.30pm to 8.30pm, mini-lantern parades from 8.30pm to 9.30pm and cultural performances at 9pm. Today is the last day for these activities. However, the display of giant lanterns outside Central Market is until Sept 25.

For details, you can call 1-300 228 688 or 03-2031 0399, or visit www.centralmarket.com.my.

Mooncake Festival was celebrated on September 30 last year.

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!
Image source: 123greetings.com


Related article:
Happy Mid-Autumn Festival 2012

14 comments:

  1. Happy Mid autumn HS :)

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    1. Happy Mid-Autumn Festival, Small Kucing. Got your lanterns ready?

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  2. Happy 中秋節, Wah Despicable Me 2 also into lanterns cool...

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    1. not only lanterns, they are everywhere!! even mooncakes!! :p

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    2. Bananaz, let's call it traditions staying current. I remember my very first lantern was a rather long dragon-shaped lantern and it was one that was being propped up by a bamboo stick in the middle of it. Had some wax-burned-finger moments too. Ouch!

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    3. SK, now minion mooncakes would be cool! Tasted any?

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  3. Happy Mid Autumn to you Happy.. eaten any mooncake yet, and have you got yourself the Minions lantern?? haha~~ :D

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    1. Happy Mid Autumn to you too, SK! Not enough! Will see if I can buy some more (at a discount) today. :p

      Good idea about the Minions lantern. Great for decoration too. haha..

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  4. Happy Mooncake Festival, HappySurfer!

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  5. Happy Mooncake Festival to you too, Wenn! Do you get a day off from work today?

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  6. Happy Mooncake Festival to you and your family.

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    1. Hope you and your family had a good one too.

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  7. Hey Happysurfer,
    I'm a bit late to reply. I had mooncake. The last one went into my mouth on the 19-Sept :o). However, I couldn't spot the moon on the 19-Sept. But saw a bright one early morning of 18-Sept (like 4am). Felt quite puzzled 'cos when I looked at my friends' photos on facebook, everyone could see the moon on THE DAY!

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    1. Hey Ai Shiang, come to think of it, I didn't see the moon too but then again KL is still shrouded in haze every now and again.

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