Back to English Comments Culture & Arts - September 23, 2018 | 11:16 am GMT+7 One experienced mooncake-maker in Hanoi has seen the art and craft wax and wane, and do it again.Dung’s hands move with practiced ease.He has been doing this for 50 years and the dough is like putty in his hands. After some kneading he cuts the dough into smaller pieces and uses the mold to shape them. A thin layer of white flour flies into the air every time he taps one piece of dough out of the wooden mold.Flour is everywhere. On the table. On his apron. On his sweaty, chef’s hat. And from the cloud of dough dust, a moon emerges. A white, sticky rice mooncake is ready to be baked and keep its tryst with the fullest, biggest moon of the year – the 15th day of the eighth lunar month, celebrated as the “Mid-Autumn Festival.”About 20 people are busy in the “workshop,” mixing fillings, shaping dough and baking new batches of cakes. They are focused and … [Read more...] about Many moons ago, mooncakes were a dark secret – VnExpress International
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Japan Japan has two moon festivals every year, following lunar calendar. Zyuyoga is associated with the traditional customs of "Otsukimi" (meaning watching the moon on the full moon day in autumn). For the people in the land of the rising sun, the festival is the time for them to honor the moon in the fall, the only time the moon is at its fullest. In the Otsukimi festival, the Japanese often make Dango, a type of rice dumplings (mochiko). It is quite similar to mochi and is served with tea. On the 15th day of the eighth lunar month, the Japanese personally hand mix flour with water, pound it to create that structure-builder before proceeds to baking. Dango cake is presented with a Susuki grass vase during moon festivals. Also known as tail flower, susuki is a perennial tall grass that blossoms in the autumn. The moon watching ritual cannot be done without dango cake. Dango cake and susuki grass. Photo courtesy of Katorisi on Wikipedia The legend of Dango cake is traditionally … [Read more...] about Are moon festivals the same everywhere in Asia?
Hotels and restaurants launch mooncake collections for Mid-Autumn Festival By Minh Tuan Sheraton Saigon representatives cut the ribbon to launch their collection of handcrafted mooncakes - PHOTO: MINH TUAN HCMC - Many hotels and restaurants in Vietnam have launched their mooncake collections for this year’s Mid-Autumn Festival, or the Full Moon Festival, the second biggest festival for Vietnamese family reunion after the traditional Lunar New Year. Mooncake is an indispensable delicacy of the Mid-Autumn Festival (falling on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar, or September 24 this year). People enjoy mooncakes together with family or present mooncakes to relatives or friends to express love and best wishes. Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers In celebration of the Full Moon Festival, the Sheraton Saigon introduces its collection of handcrafted mooncake indulgences. The mooncakes are contained in custom designed gift boxes which come in two sizes and can … [Read more...] about Hotels and restaurants launch mooncake collections for Mid-Autumn Festival
VietNamNet Bridge – Dao people in Ta Phin, Sa Pa district, Lao Cai province on February 10 organized the early year singing festival to pray for health, love and good harvest. The festival took place on a flat ground near the road. In the middle of the ground was a towering cay neu (Tet pole), with a red circle on the top to symbolize the moon and the sun. The festival began with rituals to worship the earth and the heaven through dances, prayers and chicken slaughtering by thay mo (sorcerers). The ritual to bring home a bride of the Dao people was performed, accompanied with traditional love duets. The festival was also carried out in the form of folk games of ethnic minority people, including nem con, tug of war, walking on a bamboo bridge, climbing pole, swinging, shooting with crossbow. Many foreign visitors attended the festival to discover the culture of Dao people in Ta Phin. Quoc Dung … [Read more...] about Traditional festival of Dao people
2009 Moon Cakes set a new trend By Mai My My in HCMC Mid-Autumn Festival, the 15th day of the eighth lunar month, falls on October 3 this year. Traditionally, on this day, family members and friends gather to admire the bright mid-autumn harvest moon and eat moon cakes while children carry colorful lanterns. Customers today are choosier, so moon cake producers have to provide more types to meet the increasing tastes and opinions. Vegetarian moon cakes are cheaper and have become more and more attractive as they are regarded as healthy, said a seller of Kinh Do moon cakes. Diversity in models and types This year, Kinh Do, a confectionary company, has introduced at least 14 new types to add to their many traditional types that have been on the market for many years, such as the Trang Vang Vinh Hoa box at VND440,000, the Trang Vang Hung Phu box at VND360,000 or the Trang Vang Tao Nha box at VND295,000. Meanwhile, Maiays Vietnam boasts ten new types in Chinese royal design or designed … [Read more...] about 2009 Moon Cakes set a new trend