The Mid-Autumn Festival is a Chinese celebration second to only the Chinese New Year. The date of this festival is based on the Chinese lunar calendar and is on the 15th day of the 8th month (September 8th 2014) , where the moon is at its fullest, roundest and brightest.
The festival is celebrated with family gatherings and the eating of Moon Cakes. The making of Moon cakes and the design belong to high level bakery skills perfected over thousands of years. The pastry and crust are most often secret recipes whilst the filling consists of a lotus seed paste with a yolk in the middle. There are many different variations depending on which province the cakes are from, such as the Beijing Moon cake or Yunnan Moon cake.
Fen Fen Huang of Liverpool, director of China Pearl says;
“Middle Autumn Festival, also known as Moon Festival or Zhong Qiu Jie in Mandarin, dates back over 3000 years to moon worship in China’s Shang dynasty and was first called Zhong Qiu Jie in the Zhou Dynasty. It is one of the most important traditional Chinese festivals and falls on 15th or 16th August each year in the Chinese Lunar Calendar. The whole family will gather together for a meal, games, lanterns and worship the full bright moon.
For me, it’s especially meaningful to celebrate in the UK because I want to promote more Chinese traditions and culture along with Chinese New Year to a British audience and to strengthen the connection between the Chinese community and the British society at large; and also for the people whose families are far away from them, it is a nice way to keep their family close to heart”