中秋节 (Zhōngqiūjié), the Mid-Autumn Festival, is today! This is the time for celebrating the harvest, appreciating the moon, and spending time with your family.
Because of the lunar calendar system, the Mid-Autumn festival always coincides with a full harvest moon. It’s represented by the moon goddess, Cháng’é (after whom the Chinese space agency's moon exploration program is named!) as well as by the iconic moon cakes.
Moon cakes make for great presents and often come in amazingly embellished packaging. Pastries of a myriad varieties, they most often contain a sweet filling such as red bean paste, but may also have savory fillings - or on this occasion, sometimes a salty egg yolk to represent the moon!
So happy Mid-Autumn - and happy Return-of-Mingbai, too! We’ve had a long summer break, and now we’re back with a new season of short posts about what everyone in China knows, and you still don’t!
Sweet bean paste or ham? You won't know 'til you try it! Baidu Baike