Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the traditional festivals in China, which originated from Tang Dynasty. Generally speaking, people would climb hills to appreciate the moon and eat mooncake at that day.
Mid-Autumn Festival falls on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month, and it is September 27 in 2015. FYI: remember September 27 is holiday! Remember September 27 is holiday! Remember September 27 is holiday! (For important thing, shout three times!) Oh no, just pop-in my mind that September 27 is Saturday.
So, why mid-Autumn Festival is on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month?
Legend has it that Hou Yi, a mythological figure was granted elixirs from Queen Mother of Heaven and he gave them to his wife Chang E for keeping. However, Hou Yi’s student forced Chang E to hand over the elixirs. Chang E of course refused to hand over the elixirs, instead, she swallowed all of them. Then Chang E flied to the Moon. That date was the 15th day of the 8th lunar month.
Wait! What’s the relationship between Chang E and mooncake?
In order to meet Chang E again, Hou Yi learned to make mooncakes from a god, and put them on the northwest corner in his house. According to the god’s suggestion, he called Chang E three times. To his surprise, Chang E really came back from the moon. After that mooncakes become popular.
So, wanna make something for the one you love at Mid-Autumn Festival? Snowy mooncake is a good choice.