Every August 15 (or the last Sunday in September) is the Mid-Autumn Festival


Every August 15 (or the last Sunday in September) is the Mid-Autumn Festival
The Chinese also call the Full Moon Festival the Mid-Autumn Festival and it is celebrated every August 15 according to the Chinese, lunar calendar, and on September 25 according to the Julian (Western) calendar (the last Sunday in September). Then every resident of the Chinese city of Shin Yang eats a piece of the largest moon cake in the world — a symbol of the Full Moon Festival. Several hard-working confectioners from the city of Shin Yang make a moon cake for a few days. Moon cake consists of honey and flour filled with lotus seed filling – which are the basic ingredients of this traditional delicacy. Several fillers are used. Put salted egg yolks in the middle, which is a full moon. Today, the moon cake is still filled with dates, sesame seeds, nuts, peanuts, and patterns and pictures of various flowers are drawn on the surface. It is customary for each family member to eat 2 cakes to be happy, satisfied and healthy all year round.
On that day, the moon is the brightest and brightest with an unreal beautiful light. The full moon in China symbolizes family reunification, so this holiday is known as Family Reunion Day. Moon cake (or juebing) is a traditional dessert that the Chinese eat during the Full Moon Festival. Families gather that night and look at the moon together celebrating beauty with the desire and hope that their family and friends and all other people will be healthy and happy. The moon cake is round because the moon is round and at the same time the shape represents family and unification.
The legend of the moon fairy
There are many legends about the origin of the Full Moon Holiday. One says that the hero Hou Yi lived in ancient China. He married Cheng E known for her beauty and kindness. One day Hou Yi went to meet the goddess of heaven. Hou Yi then received the elixir of eternity from the goddess of heaven. One of his students found out about this news and on August 15 (according to the lunar calendar) he asked for an elixir from Chang E (while Hou Yi was hunting). Chang E drank the elixir because she could not resist the student. The body rose from the Earth and Cheng E became the fairy of the moon castle. Hou Yi then started preparing Cheng E’s favorite cakes and fruits in his favorite garden in memory of her. Hou Ji often sat in the garden and looked at the moon thinking about his beloved wife. Neighbors then began offering sacrifices to the Moon in solidarity with Hou Ji. Thus, August 15 became a regular full moon holiday in China (and Malaysia and other part of Asia).


Recipe for moon cake
Dough-400 grams of honey, one tablespoon of baking soda, one and a half tablespoons of water, 100 ml of peanut oil, 550 grams of flour
Fil-500 grams of lotus seeds or papules (cooked from mashed beans), one and a half tablespoons of water, 340 ml of peanut oil, 1 liter of water, 450 grams of sugar, one tablespoon of maltose, one tablespoon of rice flour
Syrup-1200 grams of sugar, 1 liter of water, one green lemon, 3 tablespoons of maltose.
Prepare a dough from the listed ingredients. Leave the dough to rest for 5 hours. Heat 170 ml of peanut oil in a pan and add 225 grams of sugar. Add the lotus paste (or mashed beans) and another 225 grams of sugar as soon as the original sugar turns brown. Mix all ingredients. Slowly add 170 ml of peanut oil. Finally, pour the maltose into the rice flour. Stir in the filling. Phil should rest for 12 hours before use. For the syrup in the pot, mix 1200 grams of sugar, a liter of water and green lemon juice. Cook over low heat until you get a syrup. Remove the pot from the heat and add the maltose. Make 15 balls of dough and then thin them out (to get moon cakes). Put 50 grams of filling on each piece of dough, making sure that the filling does not leak. Place the cakes in flour-sprinkled molds. Bake for 20 minutes at 220 degrees C. Remove the cakes from the mold and pour over the syrup when they are baked.

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