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, 


Yet dread those crystal towers, those courts of jade,


Freezing to death among those icy heights! 


Instead I rise to dance with my pale shadow;


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


Rounding the red pavilion,


Stooping to look through gauze windows,


She shines on the sleepless.


The moon should know no sadness;


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


For men the grief of parting, joy of reunion,


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


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


My one wish for you, is long life,


And a share in this loveliness far, far away! 


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