Celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival!
The Mid-Autumn Festival is an ancient Chinese festival that celebrates the harvest at the time of the full moon and is also known as the Moon Festival or sometimes referred to as the Mooncake festival.
The Mid-Autumn Festival or Moon Festival is celebrated in mainland China and many South East Asia countries including Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia and where the Chinese and Asian communities have settled around the world including Australia.
In Vietnam, the festival is also referred to as the Mid-Autumn Festival or the Trung Thu Festival.
The Harvest Moon Festival, or Chuseok is also one of Korea’s most cherished holidays with a three day public.
In Japan, the Mid-Autumn Festival is named Tsukimi or Otsukimi which translates to ‘moon-viewing’.
Its also celebrated in widely in Taiwan.
Traditionally celebrated in China, the mid-Autumn festival is a three day public holiday and a time for family reunions and the reunion dinner, the ancient tale of the moon Festival, viewing the full moon which is an auspicious occasion, lighting paper lanterns, and indulging in mooncakes.
Mooncakes are round pastries made from wheat flour and filled with a sweet or savoury filling.
In Chinese culture, roundness symbolises completeness and togetherness.
A full moon symbolises prosperity and reunion for the whole family and the round mooncakes complement the harvest moon in the night sky at the Mid-Autumn Festival.
The Moon Festival is also an occasion for wishing each other well and exchanging gifts.
In Sydney, Australia the Vietnamese community have grown over time and Cabramatta is known as the Vietnamese capital of Australia. The Cabramatta Moon Festival in Sydney is one of the largest events celebrating the Vietnamese culture and usually attracts over 90,000 people each year.
This year the city of Sydney is in lockdown due to the Coronavirus pandemic and celebrations will be at home with the family or or with loved ones around the world courtesy of video technology platforms like zoom.
This beautiful ancient tradition passes from generation to generation with grandparents spending time with their grandchildren and parents spending time with their children recounting the story of the Moon Goddess or lighting lanterns and eating the traditional sweets.
Make your own Mooncakes at home with Vivien Aronson.
Vivien Aronson (@CookingBomb) is a celebrity chef, known for her expertise in traditional Chinese cuisine. Vivian grew up in Sichuan, China with her grandparents. She learned to cook with her family starting at just 8 years old, fostering an immense passion for food at a very young age.
Elegant Flower mooncakes has been providing Mooncakes to Australian families for over 20 years including the famous Cabramatta Moon Festival.
For the younger generation, the exquisite packaging and design, branding of the mooncake gift boxes is also important.
Global brands like the Fullerton Hotel showcase their mooncakes in beautiful packaging for their guests and customers around the world who love the Fullerton style.
This year the Fullerton Hotel Sydney’s Mooncake Collection 2021 has four exquisite mooncake flavours inspired by The Fullerton Hotels and Resorts’ Singaporean roots and the Lion City’s local hawker scene.
The mooncakes come in a luxurious red or turquoise signature box, adorned with graceful imagery of blossoms and majestic peacocks that exudes the Fullerton brand’s classic allure.
Choose between the Reduced Sugar White Lotus Seed Paste mooncake, the Oolong Tea with Dried Cranberries mooncake, Assam Lotus with Mango mooncake or the Mixed Nuts with Satay Sauce mooncake.
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