The mid autumn festival is coming. This a festival celebrated by Chinese all over the world on the 15th day of the 8th month in the lunar calendar. It is said that the moon is the roundiest and brightest on this day.
On this day, families would gather together to eat mooncakes and drink chinese tea. Mooncakes are sweet pastries with lotus filling. According to popular belief, the custom of eating mooncakes began in the late Yuan dynasty. The Han people plotted to usurp the throne of the Mongolian ruler of the Yuan Dynasty and a rumor was spread that a plague was ravaging the land and can only be cured by eating special mooncakes in which the message of revolution on the 15th of the 8th moon is hidden. The people rose together on the designated day to overthrow the Yuan, and since that time mooncakes have become an integral part of the Mid-Autumn Festival.
|Dog snowskin mooncake|