Moon cake culture
Han Chinese Lunar Calendar August 15 Mid-Autumn Festival diet customs. Su Dongpo, a great poet of the Song Dynasty, had a verse saying “Small cakes like chewing moon, and there are crisps and clams in the middle” to praise the moon cakes. From this, we can know that the moon cakes in the Song Dynasty have ghee and sugar for filling. In the Yuan Dynasty, it was said that people used the opportunity to give moon cakes, and included notes in the moon cakes.
They agreed to act on August 15 and simultaneously to kill and drive away the Mongolian "scorpion." In the Ming Dynasty, the custom of eating moon cakes during the Mid-Autumn Festival was more common. Ming·Shenbang’s “Wan Tong Miscellaneous Notes” contains: “The gentry furniture is made up of moon cakes, and the size varies, and it is called moon cake.” “Discrimination Zhongzhi” said: “In August, the palace rewards Qiuhai, Yuxi From the beginning of the day, there are those who sell moon cakes, ... to the fifteenth day, the family is offering moon cakes and melons. In any case, the Mid-Autumn Festival is an important holiday. If there are moon cakes, it is collected in dryness. In the cool place, it is used in the old age, and the reunion cake is also." After the Yuan and Ming dynasties, the Mid-Autumn Festival eats moon cakes, and the moon cakes are popular, and the moon cakes have the symbolic meaning of "reunion". From the Qing Dynasty to modern times, moon cakes have new developments in quality and variety. The difference in raw materials, preparation methods, shapes, etc. makes the moon cake more colorful, forming a variety of distinctive varieties such as Beijing-style, Soviet-style, and Cantonese-style. Moon cakes are not only festive foods, but also beautiful pastries that are always available in the four seasons.