As the Indian cuisine varies according to different regions and different festivals, the Chinese too seem to co-ordinate food with their tradition. The mooncake is one such delicacy. Though it garnered appreciation from the west for its rich heavenly taste, the Chinese share a very unique bond with this dessert.
This scrumptious bakery product is the served every year on the 15th day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar, when Chinese and other Asian cultures celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival. While the people in China share this delicacy amongst the family members to mark the celebration, the mooncake is sometimes also served with tea.
This Year Mid-Autumn Festival fell on October 4, 2017
It is usually during the festival of lunar appreciation and moon watching that mooncakes are regarded as an indispensable delicacy. Mooncakes are exchanged amongst friends or on family gatherings during this festival.
Digging deep into the appearance of the cake:
While we would just love to devour into it, Chinese people take this dessert as a symbol of spirituality. Because according to the Chinese culture, the round cake symbolizes completeness and togetherness whereas a full moon symbolizes prosperity and reunion for the whole family. Also the round mooncakes complement the harvest moon in the night sky at the Mid-Autumn Festival.
Range of flavours:
From chocolate to green tea , mooncakes are now available in a wide range of modern flavours. However, lotus seed, sweat bean and five kernels are the traditional fillings.
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