The custom of eating moon cakes on the Mid-Autumn Festival is said to have originated in the Yuan Dynasty. At the time, Zhu Yuanzhang led the Han people against the tyranny of the Yuan Dynasty and agreed to the uprising on the 15th of August to share the note with moon cakes to convey the news. Gradually, the custom of eating moon cakes on the Mid-Autumn Festival spreads in the folk.
The Meaning of the Mooncake
In Chinese culture, roundness symbolizes integrity and unity. The full moon symbolizes the prosperity and reunion of the whole family. Round moon cakes complement the harvest moon in the mid-autumn night sky.
Mooncakes are more than just a food. This is a profound cultural tradition in the hearts of Chinese people and symbolizes a spiritual experience. During the Mid-Autumn Festival, people will eat moon cakes with their families or give mooncakes to relatives and friends to express love and good wishes.