Saturday, August 23, 2014

Moon Cakes to Celebrate the Chinese Harvest Moon Festival for Sale at Costco


The Chinese Moon Festival will be celebrated September 6-8, 2014.  I've posted before about the Moon Festival  and the traditional moon cakes available from Costco at this time of year.

Moon Cakes are traditionally given to friends and family on the occasion of the Harvest Moon Festival, one of the four most important holidays in China.  The cakes are complicated to manufacture, so are most often bakery produced. Auspicious words in Chinese are formed into the tops, and, inside, bean or seed paste and salted hard egg yolks mimic the harvest moon. 


The Joy Luck Palace Moon Cakes at Costco are in a metal tin that contains four cakes, each of which has double salted egg yolks and lotus seed paste. 


At $12.88 for the tin, these moon cakes are an inexpensive, unique taste and unusual cultural experience.  Give them as good luck presents to friends. Seems like they would be a great thing to share with an elementary school class.

Once again, here is the famous poem about the Chinese Moon Festival from poet Su Shi, (1039-1112).
The Moon Festival

Bright moon, when was your birth? (明月几时有)

Winecup in hand, I ask the deep blue sky;(把酒问青天) 

Not knowing what year it is tonight (不知天上宫阙)

In those celestial palaces on high. I long to fly on the wind, 

(今夕是何年,我欲乘风归去) 

Yet dread those crystal towers, those courts of jade,

(又恐琼楼玉宇)

Freezing to death among those icy heights! 

(高处不胜寒)

Instead I rise to dance with my pale shadow;

(起舞弄清影) 

Better off, after all, in the world of men.

(何似在人间) 

Rounding the red pavilion,

(转朱阁) 

Stooping to look through gauze windows,

(低绮户)

She shines on the sleepless.

(照无眠)

The moon should know no sadness;

(不应有恨) 

Why, then, is she always full when dear ones are parted? 

(何事长向别时圆)

For men the grief of parting, joy of reunion,

(人有悲欢离合)

Just as the moon wanes and waxes, is bright or dim:

(月有阴晴圆缺)

Always some flaw and so it has been since of old.

(此事古难全)

My one wish for you, is long life,

(但愿人长久)

And a share in this loveliness far, far away! 

(千里共婵娟)

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