I saw some mooncakes in a bakery today and I had to buy some. Tonight, I plan to sit outside with one a cup of tea and watch the moon.

Mooncakes are traditionally eaten during the Mid-Autumn (Zhongqiu) Festival which is a time for lunar worship and moon watching.

The cakes are usually round or rectangular pastries with a rich thick filling. and you cut them into small wedges and drink tea with them.

Westerners are not the only ones to mark the October Harvest Moon. The Mid-Autumn Festival is also known as the Moon Festival, Mooncake Festival or Zhongqiu Festival and it is celebrated by Chinese and Vietnamese people. It is held on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar, which is in September or early October in our western Gregorian calendar. It is close to the autumnal equinox.

The festival is linked to the legends of Chang E, the mythical Moon Goddess of Immortality. According to “Li-Ji”, an ancient Chinese book recording customs and ceremonies, the Chinese Emperor should offer sacrifices to the sun in spring and the moon in autumn.

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