Moon Cakes – (Chinese Food)

Moon Cakes – (Chinese Food) Moon Cakes are a delicacy consumed during and around the Mid-Autumn Festival. They are round or rectangular. They have noodle-like dough on the outside, and the insides are filled with one or more of the following: sweetmeats, bean paste, lotus seed paste, melon seed, all sorts of nuts, and duck egg yolks. The Chinese have made porcelain and lacquered containers to store moon cakes in since the Ming Dynasty.  They can be a single container with a lid or they can be two or more containers that stack. Mid-Autumn Festival is the most widely celebrated festivals in Chinese culture. The festival falls on the fifteenth of the 8th lunar month. This festival marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring, and it operates as a unifying agent for every family comparative to that of Thanksgiving in the United States. On this day, every family member who has moved out of the house for school or work returns to their parents' house to celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival. It is thought that Moon Cakes were derived from the ancient "Chu-Ju" or honey cake in the 3rd century B.C.

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