The Mooncake Festival,also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival, is a much loved celebration among the Chinese around the world.
The Mooncake Festival is traditionally celebrated on the fifteenth day of the eighth moon, a date that parallels the Autumn Equinox of the solar calendar.
Because the Chinese and Western calendars don’t sync up, the actual celebratory dates change annually, and this year, it falls on 3 October (see events further down).
How Mooncake Festival is celebrated
Even though the festival is over 3000 years old and dates back to the Zhou Dynasty, it is still very much a popular celebration all over the world within Chinese communities.
The traditional food of the festival is the mooncake, a dessert of which there are many different varieties.
Prior to the festival, the Chinese will hit the shops (see 'Where to buy' below) to stock up on mooncakes. These don’t come cheap; it’s not uncommon to pay $50 to $80 for a box of four, especially if they’re imported from Hong Kong.
Family members and friends would also normally gather for dinner, and in many parts of Asia, kids hang out with friends in their neighbourhoods after dinner with their bright and beautiful lanterns.
>> Check out this step-by-step guide on how to celebrate Mooncake Festival.
Events in New Zealand
Date/time: Saturday 3 October, 2pm - 10pm
Venue: New Lynn Community Centre, 45 Totara Ave, New Lynn, Waitakere City
Contact: Campbell Larsen, 021 582 304 / email@example.com
NZ Chinese Association dinner ( Waikato )
Date/time: Saturday 3 October 2009, 6.30pm
Venue: Genghis Khan Restaurant
Price: $20 per person
Contact(s): Sid Lim (07 871 4587), Kang Hai Tan (07 855 5600)
Where to buy mooncake
Shops you can get mooncake from in Auckland:
Books to check out
Titles available from Auckland City Libraries:
- Mooncakes and hungry ghosts by Carol Stepanchuk and Charles Wong