Thursday, August 11, 2005
Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival
This years's Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival a.k.a. Mooncake Festival falls on Sunday, September 18.
This festival (Chung Chiu) is the third major festival of the Chinese calendar and is celebrated on the 15th day of the eighth month. This festival is akin to the harvest festivals observed by Western cultures. However, in Hong Kong, it is held in conjunction with the annual Lantern Festival.
The reason for it being known as the Moon Cake Festival is because of a special kind of sweet cake (yueh ping) prepared in the shape of the moon and filled with sesame seeds, ground lotus seeds and duck eggs is served as a traditional Chung Chiu delicacy
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