Mid Autumn Festival/Mooncake Festival 2012, Singapore
When: October 2012
Other Names:Moon Festival,Lantern Festival,Peh Goeh Cheh (八月節)
Mid-autumn/Mooncake Festival, Singapore is a festival celebrated on the fifteenth day of the eight month in the lunar capital. It is celebrated every year when the moon shines on its brightest. It is also known as “zhong giu jie”(中秋節, 中秋节). It is often celebrated between the months of September and October of the Georgian calendar. The date is close to the autumnal equinox. It is celebrated with various traditions such as eating mooncakes(中秋节), matchmaking, lighting of lanterns, and burning of incense. You can also watch the fire dragon dances. The traditional icon of the festival is the moon rabbit.
During the Mooncake Festival, Singapore, children are told stories about the moon fairy that lives in a crystal palace. They say that the moon fairy only comes out to dance on the shadowed surface of the moon. This legend dates back from ancient times when ten suns appeared together in the skies. However, the emperor ordered his most skillful archers to shoot down the none other suns. Once this is accomplished, the Goddess of the Western Heaven rewarded the archer with pill that could make him live forever. However, the pill was found by his wife and took it. As a result she was banished to the moon. Legend says the beauty of the archer’s wife is greatest on the day of the festival.
At the present time, the Mooncake Festival, Singapore is celebrated with feasting, dancing, and moon gazing. Of the many things, you should not miss trying the mooncakes. Although baked goods are a common feature in Chinese celebrations, mooncakes are specifically linked with the Moon festival. You can try the traditional mooncake with lotus seeds. With roughly the size of your palm, these mooncakes are very satisfying. They are usually cut diagonally and passed around in quarters. A word of caution: the salty yolk at the middle that represents the full moon has an awkward taste.
There are also more elaborate versions of mooncakes that you can try during the Mooncake Festival, Singapore. They often contain four egg yolks that represent the phases of the moon. You can also try mooncakes with fillings other than lotus seeds such as black beans and red beans. However, if you are on a diet, mooncakes are not your best choice for they are high in calories.
Other fillings available at the present time are fruits, nuts, sausages, and dates. You can also try some exotic creations such as ping pei or snow-skin mooncakes and green tea mooncakes. Mooncakes are very difficult to make. If you want to eat them, you better purchase them. However, they are only available around mid-August when the festival is fast approaching. Mooncakes are a fun way to watch fire dragon dances and other entertainment during the festival.