Celebrations are held at night with moon cakes playing a predominant role. These are small round tarts baked with different fruit fillings—date, pear,apple and pomegranate among others. People used to lay out a feast with good wine. When the moon was rising in a clear sky ,they would place the moon cakes and fresh fruit on a table as an offering. Even today a family will sit around the table, enjoying the beautiful moon and eating moon cakes and fruit. Those who are away from home try to return for a family reunion, giving the occasion its other name—Family Reunion Festival.
The Middle-Autumn Festival is one of the traditional Chinese festivalsit is often held in September or October.During the festivalfamily members get united and have mooncakes together.THere are various kind of mooncakessuch as bean pasteegg-yolk or meat.The shape of a mooncake is round as it symbolizes a big moon.Moreoverin the evening of the Middle-Autumn Festivalpeople get together in a vacant placeeating delicious mooncakes while appreciating the beautiful moon hanging in the dark sky.To concludethe Midde-Autumn Festival is a very nice festival for Chinese people.
I am very happy because the Mid-autumn Festival is coming.During the daysthere are many moon cakes.I love eating moon cake very much.There are various tastessuch as sweetsalt and so on.I like the sweet onesespecially the fruit-filled moon cakes.My parents always buy many for mebecause they know I like moon cakes.Besidesmoon cake has good moral.It symbolizes reunion.When I eat the moon cakeI often think of my big family and my relatives.
The joyous Mid-Autumn Festival was celebrated on the fifteenth day of the eighth moon around the time of the autumn equinox(秋分). Many referred to it simply as the "Fifteenth of the Eighth Moon".
This day was also considered as a harvest festival since fruits vegetables and grain had been harvested by this time and food was abundant. Food offerings were placed on an altar set up in the courtyard. Apples pears peaches grapes pomegranates(石榴) melons oranges and pomelos(柚子) might be seen. Special foods for the festival included moon cakes cooked taro(芋頭)and water caltrope(菱角) a type of water chestnut resembling black buffalo horns. Some people insisted that cooked taro be included because at the time of creation taro was the first food discovered at night in the moonlight. Of all these foods it could not be omitted from the Mid-Autumn Festival.
The round moon cakes measuring about three inches in diameter and one and a half inches in thickness resembled Western fruitcakes in taste and consistency. These cakes were made with melon seeds(西瓜子) lotus seeds(蓮籽) almonds(杏仁) minced meats.
Loved by people of all nationalities in China, the mooncake is a traditional festival specially. On Mid-autumn Festival, people eat mooncakes while they are enjoying the moon. A round mooncake is shared by the whole family, symbolizing the reunion of the family members. The custom of eating mooncakes can date back to the Tang Dynasty when the mooncakes were eaten as a royal sacrifice on the Mid-autumn Day. It became a diet custom for the whole nation in the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Now, mooncakes are of numerous kinds, with different flavors in various regions. Among them, mooncakes of Cantonese-style and Beijing-style are widely popular.