Lanterns and Mooncakes: A Mid-Autumn Festival Spectacular!
Mid-Autumn Festival- serving mooncakes and decorating with beautiful lanterns, is almost here. For a good 3,000 years, families have come together during this time to celebrate the moon, something they consider to be a symbol for prosperity and peace. Because it runs in accordance with the lunar calendar, it falls on whatever day is determined for the moon to be at its fullest which this year, will be on Friday, September 16th.
Great For Kids!
While there’s a lot to this happy and fun holiday, children will take delight in the mooncakes and making lanterns (try not to buy those plastic glo-sticks though!). Traditional mooncakes are typically adorned with gorgeous patterns which get pressed in from a wooden mold (not not out of a tin as Taipan or Snowy Mountain Mooncakes would lead you to believe!) Inside, flavors range from red bean paste to salted duck eggs. If those don’t sound very appetizing, there are a larger range of flavors to choose from these days to suit your tastes, we love the awesome tasty ones at Maxim's and also from Vero Chocolate too...
But Don’t Eat The Whole Thing…(well ya can if ya want!)
Share the love. You’re supposed to cut it into small wedges and share it. Once you discover how many calories are in a traditional mooncake, you’ll be glad to cut it up. In this way, it’s not bad for you and depending on the filling, can be a healthy snack.
Another wonderful and fun part of this holiday is the lanterns. Being big, colorful and intricate in design. They adorn storefronts and homes, brightening the darkness as the holiday is celebrated late into the night in order to admire the moon fully. Go ahead, get involved and make colorful lanterns with the kids. You can make them into different shapes like animals, flowers or plants.
Consider holding a lantern-making party and serve healthy snacks for kids while you do. They’ll have fun nibbling as they make their creations. Then, after dinner, you can hang their lanterns outside for a beautiful display and admire the moon in all its glory.
Mid-Autumn Festival is a fun holiday that is special for bringing family together. Bringing family closer together is a great idea no matter where you are from especially in this great melting pot we call Hong Kong #Hong Kong Strong! With a little light, love and some mooncakes thrown in for good measure it's a great way to celebrate the end of those crazy hot summer months as we head into the cooler part of the year in Honkers!