Mid-Autumn Festival -Zhong Qiu Jie
The Mid-Autumn Festival
, also known as Moon Festival
, is a Chinese festival since the Sung dynasty. The moon is said to be at its loveliest on this night: its roundest, brightest, and most magical.
Outside their homes, families set altars that are stocked with wine, tea, incense sticks, and fruits, including the huge grapefruit-like pomelo, whose Chinese name, yow
, is a homophone for "to have". Also on the altar is a stack of the holiday's ubiquitous mooncakes --thick pastries shaped like corrugated drums. The moon cake is traditionally made in the shape of a full moon, symbolizing union and perfection, is usually about the size of a doughnut, and is stuffed with a variety of fillings such as bean paste, lotus seeds, dates, pineapple, walnuts, almonds, and sesame, and at the very heart of each is a boiled egg yolk to symbolize the moon.
Most Chinese consume moon cakes given to them by relatives, friend, employers, or public relations people.
The Chinese tradition of moon-viewing parties long ago carried over to Japan, where this holiday is called Tsukimi
. Friends gather for the evening beside lakes or in special moon-viewing pavilions, have first enjoyed bowls of "moon-viewing noodles": thick white udon
in broth with a perfect egg yolk floating on top. http://travel.cnr.cn/jckd/200807/W020080728301980428670.jpg