When the Mid-Autumn Festival Comes
The Mid- Autumn Festival is one of the most anticipated and important festivals among Chinese. Children can finally eat the moon cakes that are on display all around them for the month before. Grownups cherish the precious chance to gather together with relatives and friends. Elders wait for their children to arrive back at home. Whatever the reason is to look forward, the Mid- Autumn Festival is one of the most remarkable celebrations in China.
Yellowish, fragrant cakes immediately pop into the mind of every Chinese individual when thinking about the Mid- Autumn Festival. Moon cakes were originated in the Song Dynasty ( 960- 1279). As the great Song poet Su Shi wrote: “Little cakes resembling the moon, with crisps and sweets in it.”
There are also fascinating historical anecdotes about moon cake from other times. The very first emperor of Ming Dynasty ( 1368- 1644), Zhu Yuanzhang (1328-1398), used mooncakes as envelopes during his revolution. At that time, the emperor of Yuan Dynasty ( 1271- 1368) had extremely rigid restrictions about message sending, making it excessively difficult for the rebellion to communicate with other revolutionary forces. The leader of the rebellion, Zhu