Moon cakes make the annual comeback
2017-09-05 11:24:00

Moon cakes are making the annual comeback with the approaching footstep of the Mid-Autumn Festival as bakeries and retailers are both trying their best to woo consumers.

People were seen queuing up in front of a store in Suzhou to buy the meat moon cakes, which seemed to be a festive appetizer for many Suzhou residents.

To many Suzhou residents, the making and purchase of moon cakes is something that they have been familiar with when the Mid-Autumn Festival is approaching.

Gray-haired elders in Suzhou will not bother queuing up for a long time to find their favorite Suzhou-style moon cakes.

In the meantime, supermarkets are promoting their moon cakes by placing the holiday cakes at the most conspicuousshelves.

The fillings for the moon cakes have remained more or less unchanged from a year ago but some bakeries are adding new tastes to the cakes such as green tea, mung bean and purple sweet potato.

Falling on the 15th day of the 8th month according to the Chinese lunar calendar, the Mid-Autumn Festival is the second grandest festival in China after the Chinese New Year. It takes its name from the fact that it is always celebrated in the middle of the autumn season. The day is also known as the Moon Festival, as at that time of the year the moon is at its roundest and brightest.

As with every Chinese festival, the Mid-Autumn Festival has its own special food – moon cake. It is a kind of cookie with various fillings and different artistic patterns on the surface depicting the legends of the festival. Generally, it is round, as the Mid- Autumn Festival is a time for family reunion, and “round” has a similar pronunciation with “reunion” in Chinese. During the festival, people sacrifice these cookies to the moon as offerings, eat them for celebration and present them to relatives and friends for good wishes.

Source:ourjiangsu Editor:Cassie