月饼 (Yuèbǐng) | Mooncake

Mooncakes (月饼) are the traditional pastries associated with the Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋節 | zhōngqiū jié ), also known as the Moon Festival (八月節 | bā yuè jié), which takes place on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month. The festival celebrates family unity and the end of harvest.

The round shape of the mooncake symbolizes completeness, family unity and best wishes, which is why they are often given as gifts to family and friends. This delicate pastry is also associated with two famous folk tales, the story of Chang’e, the Moon Goddess, and the Ming rebellion where the rebels passed messages inside mooncakes.

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