The Moon Festival (AKA Mid-Autumn Festival, Moon cake day) is coming up soon! This year, it falls on 25 September and to celebrate we are having some fun in-store on 8th and 9th September! Moon cake tastings and discounts will be offered in conjunction with Tai Tung Bakery. Why not come down to our store this weekend to try a taste of the orient?
Want to learn more about the Moon Festival?
The Moon Festival is one of the most important events in the Chinese calendar. It falls on a different date every year in the Gregorian calendar because the Chinese calendar is determined by lunar cycles. The festival always coincides with a full moon. The Moon Festival is celebrated in many countries in East Asia, each country having slightly different customs.
There are many tales associated with the Moon Festival, including a folk story about the overthrow of Mongolian rule in China:
In the 14th century China was under the rule of an oppressive Mongolian regime. Plans for an uprising never made it far as people were not allowed to gather in groups. However, a Chinese rebel leader realised that the Mongols did not eat moon cakes and that this provided an opportunity to arrange a rebellion. In the days leading up to the Moon Festival, moon cakes were distributed to the Chinese people. The moon cakes contained pieces of paper with a message to rise up against the Mongols during the Mid-Autumn Festival. On the night of the Moon Festival, by the light of the full moon, the Chinese people overthrew the Mongols and have continued to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival with moon cakes ever since.