Monday, September 8, 2008

Mooncake Fair at B2 of Takashimaya

There was a moon cake fair at the basement of Takashimaya. Many different stores participated in the fair.

You might like to view the interesting videos on the chef making the mooncake on hand in my food blog.

Origins of Mid Autumn Festival
(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mid-Autumn_Festival)

The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival, is a popular celebration of abundance and togetherness, dating back over 3,000 years to China's Zhou Dynasty. In Malaysia and Singapore, it is also sometimes referred to as the Lantern Festival or Mooncake Festival.The Mid-Autumn Festival falls on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month of the Chinese calendar (usually around mid- or late-September in the Gregorian calendar), a date that parallels the Autumn Equinox of the solar calendar.

Origins of the mooncake

(Source: http://china-corner.com/article_list.asp?id=828)

There is this story about the moon-cake. during the Yuan dynasty (A.D. 1280-1368) China was ruled by the Mongolian people. Leaders from the preceding Sung dynasty (A.D. 960-1280) were unhappy at submitting to the foreign rule. and set how to coordinate the rebellion without being discovered. The leaders of the rebellion knowing that the Moon Festival was drawing near, ordered the making of special cakes. Backed into each moon caked was a message with the outline of the attack. On the night of the Moon Festival. the rebels successfully attached and overthrew the government. Today. moon cakes are eaten to commemorate this legend and was called the Moon Cake.

10 comments:

d. chedwick said...

I like films!!! Thanks for posting one.


I mentioned moon cakes on my blog once -- something to do with a flower ... now I have to find that old post.

d. chedwick said...

I found it here:


http://tangledupinlheurebleue.blogspot.com/search?q=moon+cake

SandyCarlson said...

That looks like a wonderful event. The history is fascinating. Thanks.

alicesg said...

Ched, Cool, you know so much about the chinese cultures and festivals. I saw your link. :)

Sandy, You are very welcome. :)

mouse (aka kimy) said...

great backstory...I love such events. I will have to check and see if our local chinatown has a mooncake festival.... although to go to your festival would be the cats' pajamas!

Daniel J Santos said...

This is great and very interesting.

Coffee Messiah said...

We last had really wonderful, fresh moon cakes in Seattle last year.

Can't believe it's that time already.

If we knew they'd go so fast, we would have had more.

Good thing they are only for a very short time! ; )

Lawstude said...

mooncakes come a plenty here during chinese new year celebrations. love them.

thanks for the birthday greetings. i truly appreciate it.

Jules said...

As usual - a really interesting post Alice.

the donG said...

looks like the crowd are really njoying every booth.