Mid-Autumn Festival (on 10th September 2022 this year) falls on the equivalent of 15th August in the Lunar Calendar. One of the biggest holidays in Chinese culture, it celebrates the reaping of the harvest on the night that the moon is at its fullest and brightest. Whether you prefer to stay in to celebrate or want to set the ambience before you go out, we’ve got some great ideas for you.
The night of Mid-Autumn is when the full moon is at its roundest representing reunion and therefore making this an occasion for families to gather together for dinner and thanksgiving. The evening continues with an outing to admire the moon with colourful lanterns to light the way.
During Mid-Autumn Festival, families and friends will share special pastries called mooncakes. These are usually gifted and eaten only around this time of the year. Traditional mooncakes are made of lotus seed paste and contain salted egg yolks symbolising the full moon. GOD side plates are the perfect size to serve your mooncakes. Add some good Chinese tea to balance off the sweetness. Sipping tea and viewing the beautiful full moon is a joy in itself.
No Chinese gathering is complete unless there is some Mahjong being played. So set up your Mahjong table and grab those tiles for a full on auspicious celebration.