Mooncake - Soul of The Mid-Autumn Festival of Vietnam

Nga Do
Mid-Autumn Festival is also known as Tet Doan, is the third largest traditional Festival in Vietnam, he occasion for people to reunite, relate to relatives, express and show interest in each other. Whenever we go far away, on the full moon in August, everyone will return to their home again and not forget to buy boxes of moon cake as gifts. Moon cake has become a gift no stranger but meaning moon cake is not sure among us all know.

Although not originated from Vietnam but thousands of years, every Mid-Autumn Festival, the Vietnamese people together held the third largest holiday this year. Despite the different theories on its origin, the mid-autumn festival and its indispensable treat – moon cakes – have been well loved and practiced for several hundred years. 

Legend has it that at the end of China’s time there were two leaders of the peasant uprising movement, Chu Yuanzhong and Liu Ba Wen. These two people organized the people up against the brutal ruling gang. In order to be able to communicate information and orders secretly, people have made round cookies, in which all the cookies are filled with a piece of paper that estimates the time of the uprising, at the brightest moon in the night lunar August lunar month. Then these cookies were passed on to each other and became a means of communication both safe and effective, also from the cake that the news of rebellion insurrection has been transmitted everywhere. Later, Chinese people took moon cake on the full moon day of August to commemorate the event.

The holiday gift may be tea, wine, fruit, but most popular and meaningful is still the moon cake, also known as “Banh Nguyet”, “Nguyet Đoan”. Like the name “Nguyet Đoan”, Mid-Autumn Festival, people donate each other with the meaning of wishfulness fullness. Moon cake is a dish, gift or bigger is the spiritual value indispensable for the holiday of the Mid-Autumn Festival. Therefore, the Mid-Autumn Festival is also considered to be the season of pies, cakes.

While it is a month away from the festival, the moon cake market has already started since early August, with the cakes now available at stores, supermarkets and street booths with a variety of types and flavors, particularly outstanding among them are salted egg cakes, matcha cakes and snow skin cakes. The cake is made of white glutinous rice stuffed with sweet sugar, with fragrant grapefruit fragrant, molded in circular wooden mold. The cake is a lotus seed or green peas to create a nice aroma for the kernel. Multiply Pancake plastic vegetarian, bring aroma wind in the bar. Later on to add more attractive, people just add salt to the plastic cake.

Vietnamese appreciate the love from others. Therefore, festivals are occasions to show the concerns. Mid-Autumn Festival is for everyone gathering together. Vietnamese chooses the way of exchanging moon cakes to send best wishes. Moon cake is really a beautiful essence so the meaning of moon cake has surpassed the culinary value to be the value of art, human values and cultural essence of Vietnamese people.

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