Two months left before the Mid-Autumn Festival! There are more and more mooncake flavours and we love the flavours! We catch up with the new trend, how about the old things? Here are the 10 trivia Toby gathered about this festival, come and take a look!
1. Why is There Mid-Autumn Festival
The story of Chang E is a popular tale. This story has become the origin of the Mid-Autumn Festival. But we do know it is just a story. The festival started when Zhu Yuanzhang decided to fight against the Yuan Dynasty. Because it was hard to deliver messages, so they hide little notes in the biscuit. And after they have succeeded, Zhu Yuanzhang decided to share the type of biscuit used.
2. Who Invented Snowy Mooncakes
Mid-Autumn Festival is usually hot, eating snowy mooncakes is just the right remedy! The fillings are not fatty, so eating a few more should be okay, right? Who invented this delicious snack. Taipan invented the snowy mooncakes! They are not as oily and fatty as traditional mooncakes, mixing a little bit of western to Chinese food. I want to eat some right now too! Maybe I should try making it!
3. Who Gave Mooncake the Name?
The first mooncake was invented in the Han Dynasty, it was made of black sesame. The name was changed to mooncake in Tang Dynasty. Emperor Xuanzong and Yang Guifei were at the Mid-Autumn celebration, and she tried the dish and asked for the name. No one knows, so she named the dish after the bright round moon. Does it sound a little too casual?
4. How Big is the Biggest Mooncake?
All mooncakes are not bigger than your hand, and it is already very filling. Think about a mooncake that weighs 12.98 tonnes! Its diameter is 8.15 m, 20 cm of thickness, and its volume is 10.43 sq. meters! How many people are required to finish it? How long would it take? It sounds terrible!
5. Sharing is Caring
The purpose of Mid-Autumn is to gather with your family. Different food and dishes symbolize different things. Mooncake symbolizes full moon and represents as a family gathered together. So, mooncake should but cut up into smaller pieces and shared among family members. If someone is absent, keep a slice for him/her!
6. Mid-Autumn Festival's Activities are Intangible Cultural Heritage
Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the Chinese Traditional Festival, it shows the emphasis Chinese put on the concept of family. In Hong Kong, the Tai Hang fire dragon dance in the Mid-Autumn Festival is listed as one of the intangible cultural heritage. It represents health and peace. The residents still practice this activity to bless the village.
7. How Long Should the Mid-Autumn Festival Holiday be?
The Mid-Autumn Festival holiday in Hong Kong only lasts for one day. How long should it be? The holiday lasts for 3 days in the Tang Dynasty, it changes to one day in the Southern Song Dynasty. Did the emperor like to work? One day is really short, there isn't enough time to play! Modern people don't like this arrangement!
8. How Big is the Moon?
Enjoying the moon is a must-do for Mid-Autumn Festival. The big moon looks so small on the screen. How big it actually is? How heavy? Moon has a diameter of 3476 thousand meters and weighs 7.35 x 10^(22) kg. Thank goodness for physics that the moon doesn't crash to the Earth!
9. Where is the Back of the Moon
The moon rotates, so does the Earth, but we never see the other side of the moon! How come? According to physics, the rotation period of the moon and the Earth is the same, so we only see one side of the moon every time. Moon is really cunning, what is it hiding?
10. Assorted Nuts Mooncake Should Taste Good?
Lotus Seed Paste Mooncake and Egg Custard Mooncake are the favourite types of mooncake for many people. Weirdly, the older generation likes the assorted nuts mooncake which is usually disliked by many people. It tastes weird and has a weird texture. Actually, it should taste good, it tastes bad because producers didn't cook the nuts or just bakes the nuts instead of stir-frying them. Stir-frying the nuts will make good assorted nuts mooncake!
Mid-Autumn Festival is a good opportunity to hire people to cook for you and gather with your family. Treasure the time with your family. Share these trivia in the gathering, and see what they think!