The Moon Cake festival is held on the 15th day of the 8th month, of the Chinese Lunar Calendar. In the Western calendar, this festival normally falls between the 2nd week of September and the 2nd week of October.
The Mooncake Festival a.k.a. Lantern Festival a.k.a. Mid-Autumn Festival , call it what you will – is a celebration of unity. This festival is believed to have originated from the ancient ceremony of Sacrificing to the Moon Goddess for the year’s end harvest. This is when families return to celebrate and give thanks for the year’s bounty. Offerings of their harvest such as fruits (apples, pears, oranges, pomelos) were common. Other offerings cooked or baked included moon cakes, cooked taro, water chestnuts and of course the famous ‘tong yuen’ made from glutinous rice. ‘Yuen’ means ’round’ which symbolize ‘completeness’ as in ‘yuen man’ of the cycle.. i.e., it means unity and harmony within the family.
For me, Mooncake festival is a time of dispute.. of war! hah!
Where I have to fight with Cumi for that last piece of sweet dessert.. gimme THAT you… i saw that first:P